The topic of balance is one that I have struggled with since I was in high school. When I became a college student, I worked three jobs while trying to maintain a full load of classes. While I managed I can honestly say it was always just the bare minimum. At the age of thirty-three, I certainly do not have it all figured out, but, I am getting better with it as time goes on and that is what is most important.
In a productivity-driven society, the need to accomplish ‘more’ can easily override the desire to take time off to spend time with family or take time for yourself. When it comes to working from home the line between ‘work hours’ and ‘home life’ become even more blurred as you try to find a balance to complete the simplest of tasks. Finding ways to adequately fulfill your role in the workplace and at home when both places are the same can become a daunting task-there is always one that is given more priority over the other.
The word ‘balance’ would cause a great amount of stress because it felt like an unattainable dream that I would never be able to accomplish. Even worse when stress would be followed by guilt. You know the type of guilt I am talking about. When you are working but would rather spend time with the kids doing something fun. When you are home you feel guilty for not working, but when you are working you feel guilty for not being 100% in the moment with your family. It then becomes a never ending 24-hour cycle of guilt.
There are countless articles explaining why you should work out or why you don’t have time to workout. Everyone has a valid reason–it’s called LIFE. LIFE HAPPENS.
Trying to entertain small children while working during the day is a challenge. Trying to drag a toddler with you to the gym so you can workout–pure hell!! One of my daughters favorite movies is Frozen.
When you’re trying to fit in family time after working all week and the only thing you really want to do is just lie on the couch and be left alone, lay back, throw those legs up and do a few bicycle kicks. The best part of this is getting the family involved, especially if you have kids who love mimicking everything you do anyway. Try these exercises below. These moves will get the blood pumping and excite the kids as they wait for the next song. If you’re lucky by the end of the movie they’ll be too tired to do anything else except go to sleep!!
Not in to Disney movies? I’ve been know to do a squat challenge while watching “The Godfather”. (More on the daily squat challenges later.)
Many people suffer from anxiety. I’m not ashamed to say that I am one of them. A lot of times my anxiety can get in the way of my work and social life. Like most people I try to carry on with my day to the best of my abilities, but there are some days where anxiety will win and I have to start all over again.
Before I continue, I want to say these are my own personal thoughts and experiences. Everyone is different-please consult a doctor or medical professional if you feel your anxiety has worsened or if you are having other uncontrollable thoughts.
I love pizza!! It’s my second favorite food next to tacos. Usually it’s hard for me to get everyone in the family on the same page when it comes to toppings, but lately we’ve all been managing to like the same things (finally). Luckily there is no shortage of healthy pizza recipe options on the internet. And when I couldn’t find anything, I would just make it up as I go along.
Living in an area with a ton of mom and pop pizza shops I still find that making my own pizza at home is the best way to go. It gives the kids something to do when they’re helping, plus everyone gets exactly what they want!!
It’s officially October!! We are gearing up for the holiday season which means food and lots of it!! Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some tips for eating healthy and getting in those super quick workouts.