2020 has been one for the books! Like literally, I can’t wait to see what they say about the year 2020 in the history books. It might need to be its own volume. ? Even with the division on the recent election, that is something we can definitely ALL agree on. It’s been one heck of a year.
For those of us who are living through it, we’ve experienced disappointments, missed opportunities, lost time with loved ones, and all kinds of things that were and still are out of our control. For control freaks, this year has been especially ROUGH.
Are you feeling like you lost control, everything around you (including yourself) fell apart, you let yourself go, gave up on your goals?! I think we are feeling that at some level.
But I am here to tell you that there are still things in your control!
You can STILL pick yourself up, put yourself back together, take hold of your health and TAKE BACK CONTROL! Because how we treat ourselves and take care of our mind and body is in our control.
So here’s my top 5 tips for being a control freak when it comes to your health!
MOVE YOUR BODY
Sounds so simple, right?! And yet it can be so hard when you are feeling worn down and exhausted from this year. Like how in the world am I supposed to workout when I can barely stay standing?
I get it. Just because I continue to workout, doesn’t mean I don’t still have those feelings too. But I have been living this lifestyle long enough to KNOW that if I take just 30 minutes to move my body, the endorphins start flowing, my mind clears and I feel empowered and in control!
So give yourself even just a few minutes to start, go for a walk, bike ride, do some yoga – whatever feels right to you and you are most likely to do. If you need some direction, let me know. I have 2 weeks’ worth of workouts of all types that you can try out (free of charge).
FUEL YOUR BODY
I know it’s hard not to give into the sugar, salt and carb cravings that are fueled by emotions. But always keep in mind that what makes you feel better for a minute, will make you feel worse for a lifetime. The sugar binges add up and take a toll on your body.
So break the cycle! When you feel like emotional eating, identify what you are feeling and find a healthier outlet, like taking a walk, talking to someone, coloring or some form of art, playing with your kids, taking a nap — there’s so many other ways to conquer those emotions in a healthier way.
And make a point to include more whole foods in your diet, because you crave more of what you are already eating. So eating sugar leads to craving more sugar. But eating salads leads to wanting more salads. If you’ve been stuck in a junk and convenience food cycle this year, recognize that it will take longer to come out of it and give yourself time and grace. Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.
This is probably one of the easiest things to implement, but also one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Headaches? Drink more water. Tired? Drink more water? Craving unhealthy foods? Drink more water.
Pick a cup or water bottle that is convenient to fill and drink from and works well for you throughout the day. Or have one to use at work, and one to use at home. So you always have a way to fill up.
It’s recommended that you drink one half of your body weight in ounces per day. (so if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces) Again, if you’re nowhere near that, start small and set goals each day to work up to that. Try adding fruits to your water to make it more desirable. And keep it at the temperature that you like best.
GET YOUR REST & SLEEP
Again, so hard when you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day already. But if you aren’t properly rested, your hours aren’t as useful during the day anyway. A good night’s sleep is absolutely necessary to rest, refresh and repair your brain and body.
Go to bed earlier. I mean how much of that last hour or two in your night is really productive anyway? If you’re just watching TV for relaxation or rest, then try actually going to bed. That will give you true rest. If you’re working up until bedtime, then you won’t be getting as good of sleep either. And you won’t be as productive in the morning, which will lead you to make things up again at night, and the cycle continues.
No screens right before bedtime. The exposure to blue light greatly impacts your quality of sleep. So put the screens down at least 30 minutes before bed.
Finally, how you show up each day is something you can control. And amazingly, showing up for others is empowering and inspiring and often leads up to show up for ourselves as well. Every day, make a commitment to show up with 100% of what YOU have that day. It’s not going to be the same as what someone else has that day, and it’s not going to be the same as what you showed up with yesterday, or will show up with tomorrow. But when your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, knowing that you showed up and gave all that you could, THAT is so satisfying and gives you a total sense of control. You did what you could and gave what was in your control.
Check out what I will be doing in less than one month, to help me take back ultimate control with my exercise, sleep and nutrition going into 2021. I’m going to take back power and control and kick 2020 to the curb in a huge way!
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