In today's world, we are constantly bombarded with messages about the importance of productivity and achievement. The so-called “meritocracy” tells us that the more we do, the more successful we will be. This can leave us feeling like we never have enough time to get everything done. But there is a catch.
But the thing is: despite what meritocracy may tell us, taking care of myself is just as important as taking care of my work. And that includes taking care of my physical health by staying active and fit .
So how can I balance exercise and self-care when I have so much to do? Here are a few tips:
I make it a priority. I schedule time for exercise and self-care, just as I schedule meetings and appointments. I treat it like a non-negotiable part of my day, because it is.
I look for an activity that I enjoy. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore. I find an activity that I really enjoy, whether it's dancing, hiking or playing sports. If I enjoy it, I'm more likely to stick with it.
I don't strive for perfection. It's okay if I can't exercise for an hour every day. Every little bit counts, so I don't beat myself up if I can only squeeze in a 20-minute walk or yoga session.
I look for ways to be active throughout the day. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk during my lunch break, or do a few stretches in the evening in front of the TV. Every little thing pays off.
I'm looking for a partner who will support me. Having someone to train with or check in with can help me stay motivated and on track.
It's important to remember that taking care of yourself is not a luxury, but a necessity. Don’t fall into the trap of meritocracy that tells us we need to be constantly productive to be successful. Take care of your physical health too, and maybe everything else will take care of itself.
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