If running the kids around was actually exercise I would have been in such amazingly good shape! Unfortunately, as women, caregiving can get in the way of taking care of ourselves. Often, we spend our time looking after the needs of others and sacrifice our own health along the way. “Someday I will get to it”, is a motto that many of us have lived by.
Guilt is not helpful either. Knowing that we would like things to be different is okay, however feeling guilty because they are not the way we would want them to be is very detrimental to our health.
Life places many demands on our time and energy and balance can feel like an unrealistic dream. Balance is not a static condition that you can possess and preserve. It is an activity that you continually engage in as you make corrections throughout your life. Balance becomes the harmonious integration of all aspects of your life.
Part of that balance is having areas of your life that bring you motivation, energy and satisfaction. It is imperative that we have these outlets. Without them, we lose perspective, are not as capable of problem solving difficult situations and let stress continue to impact us.
Hobbies such as reading, karate class, a walking group, gardening etc give us a place to recoup our energies and keep life in perspective. Knowing that there is a benefit to those around us, those that we care for, allows us to be involved in these outlets without feeling guilty.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency During National Women’s Health and Fitness Day:
- Stop thinking ‘someday’ and find something today. Start small if you must. Get outside for a few minutes and play with the dog. Try some stretching exercises while sitting at your desk. Reach for a glass of water rather than another cup of coffee. Look up a fitness class – try salsa dancing to add some spice to your life.
- Ask for help in order to free up some time. We don’t need to do it all ourselves. Can you ask your family for some help in getting tasks done? Are there other parents who you can share car pooling duties with?
- Take advantage of those things that are around you. Often workplaces have workshops and activities that can add to your health and fitness level. Buddy up and go for walks at lunchtime. Enjoy the park with the kids. Go for a walk while the kids are at their sporting event.
Remember that health and fitness encompass a variety of things from relaxation and pampering, to eating right and sleeping right, to activities that get your heart beating and your muscles working.
It’s our responsibility to make sure we are doing things that promote health because if we wait until someday, it may be too late.Click to tweet
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