In our culture, we have that go, go, go mentality. We over schedule appointments, meetings, and errands and we schedule our kids to do a million activities. We go through life sometimes without even making time for our greatest asset, our health.
There are 2 purposes for me writing this blog today.
#1. Feeling like you are overly busy all the time will cause major health consequences.
Your perception of stress and busy lifestyle can be detrimental to your health. Your body does not know the difference between
- Running for your life because you are being chased by a bear
- Doing a presentation in front of 500 people
- Or in my case.. when you are stressed out because you didn’t squeeze in your early morning workout, you just got in an argument with your husband, your daughter threw her food on the floor, you have a big event coming up at work, you are running late for an appointment and you have 100 other things to do today.
According to Dr. Libby Weaver, “The nervous system doesn’t know that the adrenalin amping you up is not from a physical threat to your life but rather your body’s response to the caffeine you drink and/or your perception of pressure.” https://www.drlibby.com/science-impact-rushing/
When our perception of pressure isn’t regulated you are using your sympathetic nervous system and hormones are constantly being released, like adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. When these hormones are being released, it impacts our mood, our ability to lose weight, relax, sleep, and fight sugar cravings.
How do you fix this?
Schedule some time for self care each day. It needs to be just as much of a priority as that appointment you almost missed or getting your daughter to soccer practice. Put self care in the calendar every day and make these 7 tips a priority.
- Work on breathing exercises
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise at least a little every day
- Drink enough water
- Eat healthy food
- Evaluate which things in your life are making you happy and which ones are no longer serving you
Start with improving one thing and work your way up. If you don’t do this, you will start losing years from your life.
“We need stress in our life to grow and face our fears. But when we make this stress a monster that is always sitting on our shoulders, terrorizing us, freezing us in our tracks, then this stress becomes the single most devastating blow to our health and wellness.”
–Dr. Sayed Atif Ali Shah, Mandala Integrative Medicine
#2. We need to take ownership of our time.
“I want to but I just don’t have time. I’m so busy.”
Sometimes I think when we talk about how busy we are, we don’t even realize it sounds like a complaint.
Time is relative to your thoughts and your priorities. If you think you are too busy, you will be too busy. If you think your life is hard, it will be hard. If you think there isn’t enough time in the day, there will never be enough time in the day. No matter if you are spending your time, sitting on the couch watching TV or going from one thing to the next, to the next, to the next, we are in control of our own time.
I’ve made a list of these statements which show ownership, so you can use one the next time you care to share a complaint to others about your lack of time. This could save a relationship and save yourself from sounding bogus…or maybe not, but at least you are being honest with yourself.
Instead of saying, “I’m too busy or I don’t have time to do that.”
That isn’t something I am willing to make time for at this current moment.
My time management is something I need to work on.
Spending time on this event isn’t a priority for me right now.
Making this deadline at work is more of a priority for me than making dinner for my family.
I can’t get up early to workout when I’m too busy watching TV until 11 pm.
As a health coach, I love that I get to help people improve their quality of life in the areas of Food, Exercise, Relaxation, Sleep, Employment, Finances, Spirituality and Relationships. It is a constant reminder that time is not guaranteed and you may not have the choice one day. You do have the time and you aren’t too busy, so don’t let excuses stand in your way. We all have 1440 minutes in a day. How you choose to spend them is your choice. Change your mindset and the way you perceive time by changing your words.
I choose to go to work at this job.
I get to make healthy food for my kids.
I get to run these errands so that later, I can spend quality time with my family.
I get to wake up early and workout because I know it will add quality years to my life.
Using these words helps you take ownership in your choices and will help you separate yourself from your busy mindset.
Don’t wait until it’s too late.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
At Mandala Integrative Medicine we are here to help you eliminate excuses and put a plan into action
Khloe Beaird, Health Coach
Specializes in elimination diets, weight management and helping moms who want to improve the quality of food and life for their families.