On being kind to ourselves

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.

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