A Few Thoughts on Time...
As someone who helps people with their fitness goals, helps people work out and ensures his clients are making due progress, I find it tough to make sure that I, too am taking time to make sure I am taking care of myself and my personal goals!
You are probably wondering "Why do I give a shit what Ryan is doing? I'm not a Fitness Coach, our situations aren't even the same".
But that is where you are wrong!
One of the biggest obstacles I face with my clients is getting them to invest time into themselves. We put so much energy and effort into family, work, friends and pretty much everyone/everything besides ourselves. I catch myself doing it all the time. Instead of working out, I will work on client programs. Instead of prepping meals in the morning, I will answer e-mails.
So, the big question is: How do I make time for myself when I literally have no time to spare?
I started scheduling time for myself into each day. Literally, blocking an hour or two off of my schedule to devote to myself. This time doesn't have to be for fitness (although it is a great thing to do for yourself), it can be time to read a book, meditate, unwind, or whatever else you want to do for YOU. Take that time and disconnect from work, school, finals week, family drama, anything that is wearing you down. Allow yourself to think about it later. Say "I will address these issues, but not right now." (and then be sure to address those issues when you are ready). It may seem selfish or tough at first, but if you are reading this article, you are probably doing at least some of the things I mentioned above and probably struggle finding time for yourself.
As a full-time student, full-time trainer, full-time business owner and part-time physical therapy tech, I found a balance by saying no. I had to actually turn some things down. I really struggled with that! I am a helping person; I enjoy helping people and I do a good job, so it really went against my instincts to say n0. But, soon after starting to say no to things, I began to feel liberated. Being able to say no gives you a sense of freedom. At that point, I found myself with more time to do some things for me. I was able to set myself up on a powerlifting program, prepare food every 3 or so days and really focus on my own goals without sacrificing my business, school, or client time.
SO, 2 things to take ways from this article:
1. Take time for yourself every day.
2. Do this by saying NO!
And see how you start to feel not only more free, but also more grounded and connected to yourself.
I AM STRONG!