Taking time out for myself is probably the least selfish thing that I do. In the fitness
industry, I spend roughly 3-8 hours a day hands-on with another person helping them to achieve their health & fitness goals. Another 2-4 hours per day online with clients located around the world for online coaching & training (I'm talking they start in America and wrap around to Poland at this point, so time zones are 'a thing'). Furthermore, I spend around 1-2 hours per day doing research for growing my business, expanding my knowledge on health & fitness, creating content for my website & social platforms. Thats 6-14 hours of work PER DAY and most of it has ZERO immediate gratification or payout.
The 1 & 1/2 hours that I spend training myself at the gym every day is VITAL to my existence. My anxiety, my stress, my mood - all of this is impacted by the 1&1/2 hours that I put aside just for myself every single day. And BOY do I come undone if it is interrupted.
I am not the only person that needs this time! Each and every one of us needs this time. Saying "Oh, I don't have time" is no excuse. Sure, I don't have kids BUT I do live in an environment that isn't quite Atlanta, Georgia first-world efficient. There is no such thing as a "quick" run to the store where I live; I would LOVE to get mad at a self checkout line, a pay-at-the-pump gas station, or god forbid waiting on any government public service to actually work.
If I could urge my readers & clients to do ONE thing, it would be to MAKE TIME for yourselves! I can promise you that missing 45-60minutes of everyone else's lives around you will ensure that you're able to apply 100% of yourself for the time that you ARE around everyone else. Set an example for your family that self care is important and that you need this time, just as each member of the family needs their own time, too.
Self care doesn't have to be an excruciating hour in the gym; it can be a daily facial and bubble bath to lower your cortisol levels and relieve your stressors. Self care is literally anything that is BENEFICIAL to you feeling better about yourself. Anything that is positively lowering stress levels and increasing self awareness and soothing your soul.
Someone asked me last Easter Sunday how was I possibly training on this day?! Why wasn't I resting, why wasn't I busy doing nothing, why was I at the gym?!
I explained to this woman that it was actually quite simple: this is therapy for me and I may as well be on antidepressants and anxiety meds if I didn't train. WOAH - before everyone thinks that I'm depressed and ready to jump off a cliff let me clear my throat and the air quickly!
Nearly 1 out of 4 women in America are on an antidepressant. TRUE STAT FACT! Reasons are most often closely related to lifestyle & diet (despite all of the other reasons that we seem to come up with) and if I wasn't as active as I am, I would need a little help to feel good, too.
Every single client that I train, has either found a boost in their mood or been relieved of taking anti-depressants if they were currently on them.
WHY?! HOW?! (I'm not saying stop using your prozac, but I am saying that there is a way to feel better via exercising, eating & supplementing with nutrient rich foods & products, relaxing & self care).
Through doing things that make our bodies & minds happy, we are releasing neurotransmitters in our brains.
Endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger. They help relieve pain and stress.
Endorphins are only one of many neurotransmitters released when you exercise. Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
Dopamine helps the brain to reward itself; a pleasure center, if you will.
Norepinephrine increases arousal and alertness; it can also increase memory & brain function in situations where you must make quick choices.
Serotonin (5-HT) regulates mood, social behavior, sleep, memory, sexual behaviors, and appetite & digestion. Lack of this chemical/neurotransmitter is the leading cause of depression & anxiety! (psssst - this chemical is most effectively absorbed via the GI tract which is why our DIETS are super important).
I know that it isn't easy to start a new routine (hell, its difficult to follow the same routine some days). But I urge you to do something for yourself today, and every day that follows. Invest your time, effort, and money into your wellbeing. Making YOUR HEALTH your first priority will leave you more room and more time to better the lives of those around you. Take a bubblebath, give yourself a facial, read your favorite book, go for a swim, go for a walk, go to the gym - give yourself some of your time.
Let me help you reach your wellness & self care goals today.
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