We are in the day and age of micromanaging every single second of our days. It seems as if we feel the need to over schedule, overbook, and rush from one task to the next. If I find myself with 5 minutes of free time, I never really feel like it’s ok to just sit there for 5 minutes and breathe. Even when I have my morning coffee, it’s usually done at my laptop while I’m working or paying bills or looking over softball schedules. I kind of hate to sit down if there are things to do (i.e., load/unload the dishwasher, fold/put away laundry, vacuum, etc.) and so I find that most days I don’t sit down until I actually kind of fall down into bed.
With that being said, the one thing that I always (almost always) make time for is exercise. I’ve been eating a healthy diet long enough now that it doesn’t take a huge amount of time away from my day to make that happen. And I’ve been exercising a long time too, but for whatever reason, that one still has to be a conscious effort every day or it gets left in the domestic dust of my day. It’s important to me so I make the time for it, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely pushes the limits of my willpower at times.
I have two kids who are busy, busy, busy! Whether it is softball practice, hitting lessons, catching lessons, social activities with their friends, school projects, etc. As their mom, I am just as busy as they are and then some. I’m running a business from home, cleaning, cooking, volunteering at school, and believe it or not, there was a time that I would have thrown gardening into that list of duties, but sadly that is one thing I don’t have time for anymore (and if you’ve seen my front
flower weed bed, you’ll know the full extent of my shame in that department). We are also still throwing around the idea of selling our house, though when we’ll find the time to finish up the work that needs to be done to make that happen, I honestly don’t know.
BUT! The point I am making is this: WE ARE ALL BUSY.
So, when it comes to making time for your health, the question you must ask yourself is this: How important am I to me? To my family? Because if you aren’t currently making your health a priority, you’re kind of implying that you aren’t really all that important. And we know that isn’t true.
There’s this misconception out there that taking care of yourself is selfish and vain. I hate that because as moms we tend to be the main caretakers of the family. Whether you’re of the stay-at-home variety or whether you’re out there bringing home the bacon, if you’re a mom, chances are you are wearing yourself pretty thin with all that you do for your family. How can you afford NOT to take care of yourself???
And if you don’t know how to take that first step towards taking care of yourself first, the best piece of advice I can offer is this – make the decision and keep it fresh in your mind every day.
Ask yourself every single day what you are going to do THIS DAY to make yourself a healthier:
Even if the only thing you can manage in a single day is a brisk walk, that’s still a step in the right direction. Don’t overwhelm yourself by looking at the big, scary picture but rather focus on each day individually. Focus on making the present day you are in a success and then do that again the next day. If you do that consistently, before you know it you will have strung together a week and then a month of victories. Before long, it becomes a new healthy habit and it doesn’t seem so much like work. It just seems like another part of your life.
Remember this: We make time for the things in life that are truly important to us. Have a heart to heart with yourself and figure out whether or not YOUR health, being healthy and having the energy to keep up with your busy, over scheduled life, being there for your family for as long as possible is truly important to you. Because if it is, you will find the time. You will make the time.