Struggle finding time for yourself?
A common barrier that a lot of people struggle with is finding the time to dedicate toward exercising, preparing & even eating healthy meals.
I don’t believe (as some do) that their struggle to accommodate these elements of a healthy lifestyle is simply down to laziness or a lack of commitment.
In my experience working with people over the last 8 years, I have found that those who have difficulty fitting it all in share something in common.
They are more than likely spending a great deal of their time helping others.
Looking after their children.
Looking after their family.
Taking care of friends & neighbours.
Helping out at work.
They are the sort of person that prioritises helping & caring for others, over caring for themselves.
They are the furthest thing from lazy.
They are not uncommitted.
They are selfless.
It pains them to spend time doing something that they feel has no immediate benefit to those around them.
So they make a decision to move their own exercise & eating down their list of priorities.
If they do find a spare hour then they will use the opportunity to go for a run or head to the gym.
But this will be sacrificed the second there is a need for them to help out elsewhere.
Now, as commendable as their actions are, they are missing the big picture.
Why is it when undergoing the safety talk on an aircraft, you’re always instructed that in the event of an emergency, to put on your own oxygen mask first, before then helping others?
It’s because if you don’t take care of yourself, you will be of no use to other people.
Your health must come first.
This is not selfish.
Understand that the rewards you gain from exercising & healthy eating- both physical & mental rewards- will also benefit those around you.
The more energy you have, you more physically able you are, the more mentally sharp you are- the more you are of use to your family, friends & work.
You must stop viewing your time exercising, or time spent cooking healthy food as a selfish act & start treating it as an investment in yourself that will improve not only your own life, but the lives of those around you.
Want to help care for those in your life better?
Live as well & as long as possible.
Start taking care of yourself.
February 27, 2019