So, I’m a pet lover. It’s no secret. I have about 40 of them. Yes, I’m serious. 1 pig, 4 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit, 1 parrot, 14 chickens, 4 ducks, a wild goose, TONS of fish, a desert tortoise – and a partridge in a pear tree (kidding on this one…sorta).
“Just love yourself more.”
“You’re worth it.”
“Believe in yourself.”
How many times have you heard one of these self-help mantras and thought, “That’s great, but HOW do I get to a place mentally where I truly believe these things and I’m not just saying them?” And that is the hard part. Figuring out the how to of getting into a headspace where you are prioritizing your mental and physical needs and making the appropriate amount of “you time” for quality of life.
The answer is simple, but not easy, and there are a definite series of steps.
Remember that scene in Risky Business (God, I’m dating myself) where Tom Cruise says, “Sometimes you gotta say WTF…make your move.” How about this one from The Shining: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Yeah, that one was super creepy, but hopefully you get the point – sometimes you need to cut loose, take a break, step away for a bit, and just get your chill on. Or, your fun on, for that matter.
Although in my life I have managed to get sick during all seasons, there is definitely one in particular that is more nefarious. It’s the period of the year (depending on where you live) that is during winter.
“Where or how do I begin?”
It’s one of the top fitness questions I get asked, and understandably so. Beginning any journey is intimidating, let alone one that is health and fitness related. But with the proper information and preparation it doesn’t have to be.