Have you ever wondered why we hold our children to such a high standard (in terms of education, physical activity, extracurricular activities), but not ourselves? When I was in the thick of it (working full-time for a demanding firm, commuting every day, with young toddlers at home), I would be so busy, that when it came down to managing my life and the lives of my children, I would focus on what would keep them healthy and happy, but not myself. I would make sure the kids were eating the healthiest foods, going to regular doctor appointments, playing sports to ensure they were getting enough physical activity. Meanwhile, I was so “busy,” I hardly had the energy to wash my face before bed at night and would just pass out from exhaustion.
It comes down to “do as I say, not as I do.” I was filling up everyone else’s cup before my own. As a result, I was exhausted and overwhelmed. I was so focused on keeping my family healthy and happy, that I wasn’t prioritizing the same things for myself, which is a recipe for disaster in the long run.
I’m so glad that I adjusted my thinking and my actions. By making the conscious choice to log off to stay connected, minimizing things like scrolling through social media and replacing that time with value-add activities and holding myself accountable to them, I’ve drastically changed my life. I can safely say that after dedicating 2 years time of making small, incremental changes, I am able to teach my children to do as I do, not just as I say. I prioritized physical activity (by working out 4 x per week, an hour before everyone in my household wakes up). I carve out time at least once a week to meditate, which allows me to stay in tune with my mind, body and soul. All things that I used to push to the back burner.
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