My first day back working out after my PRK surgery felt so great. The doctor told me I had to wait to exercise for a week or two, because they didn’t want sweat to get into my eyes. I tried to be a good patient, but I was just going absolutely crazy because I couldn’t go to work and I was stuck in my house with not a lot I could do.
All this time alone really got me thinking about life, work and our priorities. Reflecting on this, I really think that as female professionals, we don’t make ourselves a priority. I thought about this, because I put 45 minutes aside out of my day today to work out and that just doesn’t happen as much as it should. I am 42 and my metabolism is definitely slowing down and I really need to set the time aside to exercise and yet I don’t. I know a lot of you have similar issues. There are just so many more things that are seemingly more important than taking care of ourselves. In our mind, we know that it’s important to take care of ourselves, but everything else seems to get in the way. I think we all just need to remind ourselves being healthy is super, super important.
I’ve recently attended funerals for two women who passed away from cancer. Both of them had daughters who were the same age as my oldest child. Their deaths hit the entire community very hard, because they should have had so many more years on this planet. They had no control to prevent cancer, but it reminded me if I don’t take care of myself, I might not be there. Like I said previously, I can’t prevent something like cancer, but I can prevent obesity or heart disease. I can prevent all those things by eating healthy and taking care of myself. We all kind of know that already, but it’s hard to make ourselves a priority. So, I wanted to remind you that you are priority and your health is a priority. It’s not being selfish to take time for yourself. So, make time by either going for a walk, riding on your Peloton bike, running or training for a marathon or a triathlon. I realize that all of those suggestions take a lot of time. But remember, it’s not time away from your family for selfish reasons. It’s time away so you can be a better person, a better boss, a better wife, mother, friend, daughter – all those important roles of our lives.
This post was designed to remind all of you, you are important, your health is important, and your passions are important. So, make sure to set aside a tiny bit of time to take care of yourself.
Have a great week!