with Lisa Farrar, The Plant Based Health Coach

5 Steps to Regain Your Wellbeing When There's Not Enough Time In The Day

So how is it that Betty Sue seems to glide through life, getting anything and everything done in her day, all while her and her kids look completely put together and she has the same energy as her 2 year old (a 2 year old has a ton of energy for those of you who have never been around a human of that age!)?

Then I’m over here exhausted from my hectic day, struggling to throw a meal together last minute, and pshhh… forget working out, who has time for taking care of yourself when bills need paid, you’ve got due dates for work, the family needs fed, the house needs cleaned, and you just want to go to bed?!?!? RIGHT?!?!?

WHO HAS TIME TO MEAL PLAN, GROCERY SHOP, COOK, CLEAN, WORKOUT, GO TO WORK, AND DO EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!?!?!?!

I know, I know. We all have good intentions of eating healthy, exercising, and take care of ourselves and our families.

We struggle with making it all happen all the time. We are human after all, we’re not perfect.

News flash!!!

We all have the same 168 hours in a week, 24 hours in day, and 60 minutes in an hour.

Every single person on this planet has the same amount of time in a day.

So…why is it that some of us struggle to get everything done in a day while some of us don’t seem to have it all together?

First things first… no one has it all together all of the time. No one.

However, a more important question to ask here is, ‘why are our self-care practices, planning healthy meals and exercise (all things that will actually give our bodies more energy to keep up with our busy schedules) the first things to go out the door when we get the slightest bit “busy?’”

If your goals look like something along the lines of eating better, getting more sleep, exercising more, etc. and you’re struggling to accomplish those goals, then it’s time to get curious about why and how you choose to spend your time the way you do.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ it’s like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”
-Lao-Tzu

Time management isn’t always as simple as it sounds. It requires habit change and we humans tend to shy away from change.

So how do we go about changing our habits to better manage our time and energy?

Here are 5 steps to get you started.

1. Start tracking where your time is being spent each day.

Awareness is the key to begin change. The more you track how and where you are spending your days, the more awareness you will bring to unproductive tasks and time wasters that you can begin to let go of to bring focus to more important things you want to accomplish.

There are tons of time tracking apps and services out there for you to download for FREE. Search ‘time tracking app’ online or on your Smartphone and check out which ones apply to your life and give them a try. You can also create a simple Excel spreadsheet to track your hours in a day. Another option (my favorite choice to track time) is to go back to the old fashioned way of using good ol' pen and paper.

2. Get out of the negative mindset games.

A negative mindset will only get you negative results. A positive mindset will make things happen. No more excuses. Every single thought you have, makes you or breaks you. Every time you notice negativity creeping into your mind, pause, and change your thought to a more positive one. It’s that simple and if you do this enough, you’ll pause less and less and the positivity will come naturally in place of the negativity.

It can also be helpful to say positive affirmations each day. Create your own affirmations or collect quotes, inspirational sayings, etc. to repeat out loud to yourself on a daily basis. What we say and hear on a regular basis can make all the difference when it comes to believing we can make changes in our lives.

3. Don’t try to do everything all at once.

We all know the old adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It’s old and still around for a reason. Have patience with yourself. Consider mastering one small thing at a time. Once you master one small thing, conquer another small thing, and each little step will build on the next.

For example, say you want to run a marathon. Well you don’t jump out of the gate and BAM run a marathon. No. A marathon requires training, persistence, and patience.  Maybe you begin by running ½ a mile for a week, then you build on that and run 1 mile the following week, continually increasing by ½ a mile each week until you’re physically able to run the full distance.

The concept of gradual change for creating better habits to manage our time and energy for a healthier lifestyle works. Trust me on this one. Break. Down. The. Steps. and take one step at a time.

4. Surrender to failure, it’s inevitable and actually a good thing!

Things don’t always go perfectly. We set goals, we don’t always reach them, and that’s okay. Surrender means to cease resistance and let go with ease. So, when things don’t always go as planned, let go, forgive, and start again. No one ever succeeds perfectly the first time, usually the second, third and fourth times either. Failure simply means we are trying and we're learning.

Surrendering is also a practice. No one likes to fail or be seen as a failure but you know what?

There are many, MANY famous failures in history… take a look at a few of them here to find some inspiration and motivation.


5. Find The Right Support

Habit change is a huge deal. It requires us to dig deep with our beliefs, our comfort levels, and our ability to cope. However, having support and accountability as we’re making changes can make all the difference between staying stuck in our situation or rising above it. Human beings thrive in communities with lots of support.  Somewhere along the lines, we decided as a human that we had to be tough and go at it alone or it meant we weren’t strong enough or capable. 

If you think you have to get healthy and make all kinds of lifestyle changes all on your own, you don’t.  In fact, I’ve created a community of support just for you. In this community, there is no judgment, no shaming, and no negative mindsets.  We are a group of people looking to improve our health and well being together, supporting each other and celebrating our successes along the way. Join Here!

“The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital.”
Dr. Mark Hyman


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