Happy Monday Ladies!
In this blog I want to be completely real with you, transparent and raw. Do you ever just lose your passion? I'm blaming a big chunk of this on being pregnant and the other chunk on being a human. I have been so passionate about empowering women, inspiring and teaching ladies that it's okay to love themselves and take care of themselves for years. For the last few months, blame it on hormones, lack of sleep or growing a human, I've just lost my 'zing' (is that a word?). I got in this cycle of not wanting to teach class, not wanting to get real when I write my blogs and not wanting to be responsible for 'leading the way' when it comes to self love. In all honesty, I've felt a bit like a slug who just wants to sleep and cry (sorry Niko!). I started just going through the motions and soon my passion turned into a job that I just had to get through every day.
Needless to say, I've been questioning a lot of what i'm doing. Asking why do I do this if all I do is teach a class and go home? Trying to figure out where in the world my passion went and what the hell happened in the last few months (oh yeah, I got knocked up) . So all emotions aside I took some time to just be. I decided I wasn't going to fight it, I wasn't going to try and change my whole outlook on life, I was just going to feel confused, unmotivated and (the worst feeling in world for me) uncomfortable.
As i sat in my emotions and just allowed myself to feel what I was feeling I started to get a fire lit under my butt. I started brainstorming new ideas and concepts and most importantly remembering why this place is so important. I've also realized while I was having my pity party, that this studio isn't just mine anymore and it's no longer up to me to inspire people. Every day I see clients leading the way and encouraging one another, letting friends cry on their shoulders, sharing jokes and inspiring each other not to give up. I see our instructors doing way more than just teaching classes, I see them being friends, therapist and life coaches, helping all of us, every step of the way. We've created this community that helps pick each other up when the other is down. I think we've all had our fair amount of time crying inside these four walls and being comforted my strangers who have become family (and if you haven't just wait, your time will come).
Whether you haven't worked out in months, you have felt unmotivated or slacking in the self love department, I just want to remind you its okay. As humans we are far from perfect and if you never felt a little unmotivated or uninspired, I would probably be worried about you. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just be and let your friends and family lead the way.
I don't have 5 simple steps to give you today or a recipe to rock your world. Today is just a reminder to love yourself, no matter what season you're in. Trust your body and be gentle with yourself. Know that no matter what you're going through you have a studio full of women who are ready to back you up and sometimes just let you cry it out.
Have a great day today ladies.
I'm thankful for all of you!
Not too long ago stress and anxiety were things I experienced on a daily basis. I began to realize just how much it was hindering my health and well being when I started to lose energy, feel bloated, have my skin breakout and also be a complete wreck 95% of the time. Eventually I got to a point where I realized enough was enough and made some simple , but helpful, changes in my life. I realized that I, indeed, could NOT do it all and cut my class load in half by hiring out new instructors. I scheduled my days so I wasn't aimlessly working for 14 hours without accomplishing anything. I made a point to get up early in the morning and move my body in some way, shape or form and also started doing things that weren't work related. All of these tips helped me in finding balance between being a business owner, wife and expectant mamma. Apply one or some and you'll be well on your way to a healthier life. Remember the key here is not perfection, it's consistency.
1. Say No and Ask For Help.
If you are always volunteering to work extra hours,babysit, carpool, fill in, etc..be okay with saying no sometimes. Also, realize that although you are superwomen, it is more than okay to ask for help. Sometimes you just need a day, afternoon or evening off. It's normal, it's healthy and in return it refuels you so you're able to help others.
2. Have A Plan.
Create a plan for yourself. The evening before go through your calendar and look at what your have for the next day. Write 3 things that need your attention and need to get done. Anything extra is just an added bonus. Remember- you want to feel accomplished. Creating a list of 30 things and knowing you wont get them all done sets you up for failure. Divide your To-Do's throughout the week. Each night take some time to plan out your next day.
3. Start your day with movement and a nourishing breakfast.
Every morning get your day started with movement. It could be a walk, yoga, stretching, whatever sounds appealing to you. If it's not part of your daily routine already be prepared to make it happen even if you don't feel like it for the first few days. It will soon become a habit and a healthy way to begin your day. Be sure to set yourself up with a nourishing breakfast to fuel your body and give it the energy that it needs.
4.Do things that make you happy- every day.
Instead of working all week and living for the weekend, add in things to your schedule that bring you joy every.single.day. It could be a coffee date with a friend, reading a good book or a nice date out with the hubby. There is no reason Monday should have to be dreaded. Create a life you enjoy and look forward to, any day of the week.
Hope you try out some of these tricks. What do you daily to help deal with your stress and anxiety?
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more