31 Mar Staying Healthy Through it All
Clients are contacting me, friends and family as well, saying, what should we do, because the overwhelm is real and our stress levels are higher than they’ve ever been? PLUS, we’re managing more than our typical daily tasks. I’m here to share some tips and tools and strategies with you because I know life looks different right now.
You might have kids at home that you’re trying to manage the homeschooling for as well as your own full time job. The demands of work look a little different working through this shift and change. Maybe you’re working excess hours. And on top of that you have a spouse potentially working from home who thinks it’s wonderful to just pop into your office at any given time. And your furry friends at home, dogs, cats. Well, they just think it’s fantastic that the whole family is here just to love on them 24/7.
There are a lot of demands. There are a lot of different activities and needs pulling at our attention from different places and it’s time to get sound in your decision making and stay healthy through it all by following these simple strategies:
- Build Awareness: Demands are great, time is limited, and competition is fierce. As a result, we run at a fast pace and rarely stop to consider the needs of the body. The body speaks to us every day and the beautiful thing is that never over-exaggerates or lies; it just tells us like it is. One morning you might have the sniffles, another a sore neck, and maybe in the afternoon you feel like you could use a nap. These are all situations where the body is speaking. If we take time to stop and listen to the body, we’ll be more aware of its needs and be able to respond accordingly. This however takes practice! Pause in the morning and do a little scan of the body, check in to see how it’s feeling, and decide how you’d like to navigate to best support it’s needs. We call on the body to care for us every day and perform at it’s best; we need to care for it in return.
- Create supportive, healthy boundaries: We must create a supportive environment in order to achieve health and fulfillment. Take inventory of your daily activities and decide if adjustments are needed to alleviate stress in your life and achieve your goals. Create buffers in the day so you can move in a fluid way without the anxiousness and stress of being overscheduled. Carve out blocks of time to focus solely on a project and to answer emails and voicemails. In the evening allow space for the activities you enjoy such as light exercise, connection with friends, and quiet time to read.
- Say no. This can be a challenging but necessary assignment if you want to increase health and happiness. Before making any decision, ask yourself “What will this provide me?”. This one simple question will help you decide whether your participation will cause you angst or move you in a supportive, healthy direction. By pausing and asking yourself this question, you will be able to make a conscious choice instead of one out of convenience, haste, or guilt. Kindly express thanks and gratitude for the opportunity and say no. It really is as easy as that.
- Focus on Fulfillment: Instead of trying to achieve work/life balance, focus on fulfillment. Balance is difficult to achieve and leaves us feeling unsettled and dissatisfied. It’s simply not possible to work 8 to 10 hours a day, and then spend the same amount of time with your loved ones. However, when we are present in our communication with others and focus on the people, activities, and the things we’re most passionate about in life, we will experience fulfillment which then creates a feeling of balance. Fulfillment can be defined as a feeling of satisfaction at having achieved your desires. This is very different from success, which is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. A young child will feel fulfilled by having your sole attention for 10 minutes versus having an hour of your time while you multitask, answ
It’s always an honor and joy to serve and support you in health and happiness. I’d love to hear from you; feel free to connect with me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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