“I don’t have the time to start exercising 3-5 days a week.”
This is a common reason I hear why people don’t start an exercise program. Guess what, neither do I. Honestly. Today, for example, I’m not going to the gym. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my favorite day to go because we focus on weightlifting. But, today, I’m overwhelmed and the gym has to be the one to be backburnered for the day. I need to balance out the rest of my life today.
My house is a mess, my refrigerator is piled up with to-go containers. Laundry is backed up. And I’m tired. The barking dogs I have to listen to at 5:30am, 6:00am, 6:30am day in and day out, even when I don’t have to get up at 5:30am is wearing me down. I’m over it and I’m tired.
So, my lack of sleep, my dirty house, my kids evening activities have worn me down and I’m getting frustrated. Today is a day to lock myself in my house, step away from social media, and focus on getting some work done and some cleaning done before I go sit at another ball game tonight.
This isn’t a complaint post, although it might sound like it. Instead, it’s a reminder to me and to anyone trying to balance everything that sometimes, even with the best intentions, you can’t get to it all. Not everything is in our control, unfortunately, and sometimes we have to let go of things go to get other things accomplished. My morning wake up calls are not within my control. I can close my window, but it’s too hot at night and isn’t an option.
Being healthy isn’t always about diet and exercise. We can’t ignore our mental health, which can be argued is more important than anything. Finding balance in our lives is such a challenge, but it is something that needs to be addressed regularly. If we are tired, stressed and overwhelmed it’s hard to be disciplined to eat healthy and commit to an exercise program.
Being Busy and Finding Balance
We are all busy. We all have responsibilities that pull us in multiple directions and when the time comes that we can’t handle it all, it’s okay. If fast food is on the menu one night, it’s okay. If getting to the gym isn’t happening, that’s okay. If there are three baskets of clean laundry sitting on your landing, that’s okay…uh, yes, that might be my reality at the moment. What matters is that you can take a deep breath, readjust your priorities and tackle some things, and get back to your healthy habits the next day.
We often create impossible standards for ourselves and I’m here to say, give yourself a break! Look at your to do list, find the three most important things to tackle. Of course, those items might change day to day. Two days ago, I wouldn’t have been willing to miss the gym. Today though, with everything going on and being so tired, I am. I’m even going to take a nap. Why? So I can function like a normal adult for the rest of the day and have the energy to be present for my kids later this afternoon. Tomorrow, I’ll be back at the gym at 6:00am.
Get Back To It Tomorrow
The most important thing is that you’re not pushing the same thing aside day to day. I will only take today off the gym, I’ll be back tomorrow morning. That’s because I will get the laundry done, my fridge cleaned, and some writing done today. I just needed to take today to catch up on other things I’ve slacked on the past few days.
Make sure to pamper yourself, maybe not with food, but a manicure, or a new shirt or a new book. Whatever it is, take time for you when you’re feeling overwhelmed and more than anything, be kind to you and jump back into your daily chaos tomorrow.