Does anyone feel the fight between career success and staying healthy?!? *Please tell me I am not the only one....
I recently accepted a promotion. All the cheers and celebrations lasted a day or so, and then the promotion actually began. It was a great step in my career, but I was CLUELESS for the first two weeks. Two weeks turned into two months and I found myself still clueless and admittedly heavier than before the promotion (like gaining some major stress weight). I basically felt like the way a rotten tomato looks- Gross, weary, and unenjoyable to be around.
Two months people! Two months of forgetting my core health ideals (Water & Walk). I forgot because I was "busy." I follow fitness bloggers on the reg and -HECK- I even have a masters in Exercise Science... I know this stuff! But it was still the first thing I forgot when the going got tough.
I began to take note of leaders around me to see if I was the only one, and I wasn't. It seemed as though there were two types of leaders in my organization. Some leaders were intentional with their self-care, and some were weary and tired like me. WHY? What is the difference in those people?!
Why is self-care the first thing I toss to the side in seasons of learning and busyness? The basic answer is because we are human, but also, we forget how important being healthy is to our success.
I asked a few of the energetic and positive leaders how they straight-up made. it. happen. while running a hospital.... the answer was similar for every response: If our bodies aren't operating the way they should, neither will our career. (Read that again)
Personalizing it: If my body isn't operating at its best, neither will my career.
I regrouped and came up with a plan. I am not a diet-er (bravo to you ladies and gentlemen who can kill a diet), nor a stay-away-from-queso type of gal (I am lookin' at you Cantina76), but I needed a good plan. Sticking to my two health ideals is the foundation of that plan. So what the heck are 'Health Ideals'?? Health ideals are basic doable action items that help you stay focused on you. For me those are:
1. Water (Drink half my body weight in H2O daily + Lemons to make it tasty) 2. Walking (Walk 30 minutes a day at a minimum)
If you find that new job, old job, motherhood, or even normal life is pushing you to forget yourself... write down two health ideals and post-it those to every mirror in your house. (We won't judge)
If you think the 'two health ideals' trick doesn't work, I am standing proof it does. I am feeling great and killing the new role with those two simple truths.