Why do we find it so hard to be kind to ourselves? Especially us who are in charge of our own time.
I am out of shape, probably stressed, and over working.
I am in charge of my own time.
I could decide to take 2 hours of in the morning.
Or shift my day so I take each morning off and do a little in the evening.
A morning bike ride along the coast each day would be a great way to start the day.
Stress and weight reducing.
And yet I don’t.
Spend 30 mins lifting weights in the garage before walking to work.
I know it would be good for me. But I cannot do it.
The biggest reason seems to be a feeling of guilt.
I would feel guilty doing something ‘pleasurable’, while my partner is looking after 3 small children.
And guilt while colleagues are working if I am peddling on my bike.
I’ve started making a small change that have made a big difference. Trying to go into work after 5 hours sleep is painful. If we have a bad night with the children I will catch up on a couple of hours sleep before heading into work.
This sometimes means I am not at the office until midday. But I can get a lot more done when fully rested in 4 hours, than an 8 hour day when I’m shattered.
My next move needs to be exercising in the morning when I’ve had a good nights sleep. Rather than the default of trying to head into work as soon as possible.