This hurts my heart to write. I've sighed so deeply before putting my hands to the keyboard.
I feel so privileged to peek into the lives of so many women. Whether it's in my challenge group, my one-on-one clients, or messages, I am honored to get to know you and how your life is going.
I have cried over words you've shared. I laugh at your fun stories. I smile when you share victories.
I am IN THIS with you and for you.
I know life is not easy and you face many struggles.
I am typically on my soap box preaching about fitness and nutrition, because those are key players in our wellness. And most women tell me that eating healthy is far harder than exercising. But I think there's actually a much larger struggle at hand. I don't think salads are squats need to be the #1 priority for you. And maybe that sounds odd, or maybe it's a relief, I don't know.
What I'm hearing on repeat from you and hundredssss of other women is YOU ARE STRESSED OUT. You don't have enough hours in the day. Your demands are endless and you are spread thin. You face trials in every facet of life (finances, health, family, work, etc). And you are often in survival mode. Because your world screams, "More! More! More!" and slowly your sanity chips away.
You don't get enough sleep.
Your workouts are inconsistent.
Stress eating is the norm.
You're unsure when you can relax.
THIS IS NOT OKAY. Because you are a big deal. And stress is an invisible villain that's out to kill you. Literally.
Stress becomes the urgent siren in your day that drowns out the need to take care of yourself. And so you, yet again, get placed on the back burner. "I guess I'll workout tomorrow." "Maybe I'll get groceries this weekend." "Schedule a massage? What a joke! When do I have time for THAT?!" THIS IS NOT OKAY. You matter too much. You are important. Self care is not a selfish luxury. Self care is a necessity.
When you can decompress and happily exhale, THIS is when optimal health happens. When you can paint the furniture or sew that blanket or read on the porch, THIS is when your wellness unfolds.
I'm begging you, pleading really, to enforce boundaries in your day-to-day life. PLEASE.
Because even if you're eating broccoli and planking on the regular, yet pretending that self-care is optional, your body won't yield the results you crave. And your health will suffer. Today I challenge you to implement a plan:
>>> Sketch out what makes you happy, what helps you de-stress, what pushes back against life's demands.
>>> And then I want you to schedule them as cannot-miss appointments. This will mean you have to say no to other people and other tasks. But it also means that you will truly thrive.
Let me help you in your pursuit of refreshment! Send me a message and let's nail down a plan!