Since I got back from holidays I’ve been in a funk. Tired all the time. Feeling anxious about the have-to’s. Not making enough time for the want-to’s. Sleeping poorly. Struggling at the gym. Craving sugar and starchy carbs. Yada, yada, yada.
Not my usual positive, energetic and up-beat self.
(Leaving the energizing warmth and sun of California to return to the cold, grey perma-rain of Vancouver didn’t help one bit )
Sometimes when I feel like this I ask myself what I’d tell a client who shared these feelings with me. What I’d say to help encourage and motivate her. How to help her make the changes required to turn things around.
In short, I ask myself “What would fitknitchick say?”
She’d start by nodding her head in an understanding fashion. Acknowledging that life isn’t always easy. And reminding you of all the things she loves about you before suggesting the following;
- make fitness and healthy eating your top priority. All our bodies really need to thrive is lots of movement and good nutrition. No matter how difficult you think it is to exercise and eat well, staying where you are is harder still. Remind yourself that working out makes you happy and that proper nutrition is also food for the soul.
- be realistic in your expectations of yourself. Prioritize your have-to’s (make sure exercise is one of them; schedule it if you must). Take the number of tasks you think you should be able to do in a day and half it. The world won’t end if you don’t finish getting the Scout badges sewn on your daughter’s uniform (or some similar apparently ‘urgent’ task) this week. Congratulate yourself for what you managed to accomplish rather than focusing on the things that didn’t quite get done.
- make time for family, friends, fun and fibre (or some other creative hobby). Spending more time on the want-to’s always makes the have-to’s easier. I know that ‘lunch with the girls’ cuts into your work time. But think how much more relaxed you’ll be after sharing a few laughs with your friends (sorry I didn’t carve out an hour in my day today guys; next time, I promise). Relaxation aids productivity.
And now, I’m off to take my own advice
Do you have any tips to add to fitknitchick’s list? (she promises to give them a try…)