Human beings are geared towards completion. We like to finish things. Close the loop. Hear the end of the story. See the happy ending to a movie.
That is why, in part, being in a state of seemingly unending suspension of our lives can be really challenging.
This is why, in part, it can be hard for us to comprehend what is happening with Black Lives Matter.
This isn’t a task we can check off, close out and move on from.
Straight up – it can be OVERWHELMING. As a recovering perfectionist, I have often found this a challenge being in this industry. Here are my top tips for this I’ve put into practice after years of working on every angle of my health + some tidbits from current global events.
- Focus on What You Can Control
- The Amount of YOU Time
- How you are eating to fuel your body
- Creating healthy boundaries for the news
- Your mindset & attitude
- Your authentic way to use your power for BLM (if you so choose)
- Stop Focusing on What You Can’t Control
- How other people want you to spend your time
- How other people are eating for THEIR bodies
- Our economy
- Other people’s emotions & behavior
- How other people are responding to the current global pandemic & movement for Black Lives Matter.
- Choose 3-5 HIGHEST leverage actions you can do each and every day for your health. A.K.A. What are the biggest levers you can pull in your health?
Here is an example of mine (these have been developed over years of health building and are based on ones that are non-negotiable vs nice to have.) :
SOPHIE’S HIGHEST LEVERAGE ACTIONS
- Creating enough morning me time – this looks like any or all of the following — light stretching, meditation, gratitude, breakfast, putting my face in the sun.
- Eating a protein rich breakfast with healthy fats & fiber within 60 minutes of waking – without this I am on the blood sugar roller coaster for the day – grazing and eating all day long, energy dipping and needing stimulants.
- Getting outside at least 1x per day – being connected to mother earth is healing and rejuvenating. We weren’t meant to be cooped up all day.
- Hydrate – when I’m dehydrated I get a headache, slow digestion, & dizzy.
- Go to sleep at a decent hour – I’m admittedly still working on this— years of being a theater nerd doesn’t help!
And here is my final thought – TRY TO LET GO OF THE SELF JUDGEMENT.
Ladies, we have ENOUGH to worry about without judging ourselves on top of it. If you didn’t get a meal right – try again next time. Didn’t get enough sleep? Try again tomorrow. Adding the additional internal stress into the equation can do more harm than forgetting something on your health agenda.
What are some of your favorite things to do for your health?
As always, please reach out if you need support. I loving hearing from you, even in the toughest of times.
To Your Health, Sophie