We all know that leading a healthy lifestyle is important and beneficial and yet, very often life seems to impede our progress, or so we perceive it to. The modern woman’s daily agenda is a fine balancing act in managing several moving targets and yet we always (or nearly always) achieve our objectives. We have infinite To-Do-Lists...sometimes even lists for our LIST!
Yet, how often does self-care fall to the sideline? It is sometimes more frequently than we care to admit to ourselves. Our endless goals are inundated with a myriad of tasks that for some reason take priority over caring for ourselves. Whether it’s a weekly yoga class, eating healthier, spending more time reading that book you have been meaning to finish for months… these things simply are not valued as important as other targets and goals that we manage to accomplish on a daily basis. Woman are exceptionally successful with multi-tasking. Consider apply this highly valued skill to YOURSELF and the possibilities are truly endless.
Failure to make positive lifestyle changes to better health and well-being typically boil down to three rationalizations: the perceived lack of time, money and energy. YOU DO HAVE THE TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WISH, especially for yourself. When it comes to work, family, friends, deadlines, we always seem to find the time, money and energy to achieve everything. I mean this is the sense that TRULY, if you want to take time, money and energy for yourself, you can, you simply have to prioritize it over other things.
Personally, as much as you would love a one month yoga retreat at a luxury beach resort (some of us simply do not have the time or money to accomplish this). HOWEVER, you do have the time and money to take a weekly yoga class at a local studio and occasionally do yoga at home. We also could save towards a week long yoga retreat and forgo another vacation or trip elsewhere.
We frequently receive these justifications (lack of time, money, energy). Let us suggest a new mantra to repeat to ourselves, write on your To-Do-List and set as a reminder to frequently pop-up on your phone: I DO HAVE THE TIME, MONEY AND RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS FOR MYSELF, I SIMPLY HAVE TO PRIORITIZE THEM. This is not to say that there are other tasks, goals and objectives that my need to be put aside as there are only a finite number of minutes in the day, dollars in my bank account etc…
Example: I want to work-workout in the morning before work
Sample Plan of Action: Must go to bed early the night before so I feel rested and ready for the 5:45am alarm
Opportunity Cost: I will not meet my friends for dinner and drinks the night before
Example: I want to eat healthier but I don’t have the time or resources to plan my meals accordingly.
Sample Plan of Action: When preparing dinner the night before, pack yourself a salad for work (eg. lettuce, canned tuna, carrots)
Opportunity Cost: Eat out less so as to have more time and resources to plan healthy and mindful meals
The next time you add a self-care related goal on your To-Do-List, please recall this note to self before pushing it off until tomorrow: This is not a luxury, nor is it self-indulgent, I am taking time for ME, so I may better help and serve others with my other goals and objectives.
Stay Happy, Healthy, Mindful and Self-Aware Ladies!