It’s difficult. Balancing a work schedule, children’s activities, family time, a social life, time with your significant other on top of grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing the kitchen floor? And then to be healthy on top of all that? Throw in a major life event like getting married (or divorced), switching jobs, sick children or buying a house and staying healthy can seem practically impossible.
So when is the best time to start getting healthy?
Despite the fact that I know I’m about to burst your bubble, the real honest answer is now. That was a trick question. Life will never get easier. You will always have a to-do list with more items than available hours. You will always have places to go, people to see, life to live. Children will always get sick and laundry always needs to be done.
So how are we supposed to fit healthiness into our life?
It begins with lowering our expectations of ourselves. We don’t have to get everything done today. So what if maybe we go a day longer without cleaning the bathroom floor. So what if you vacuum every other week instead of every week. Maybe instead of doing coffee with one friend and lunch with another, we introduce both friends together and have dinner together. Maybe we sign our child up for one less weekly activity so we can spend a little family time together. Or we take our family time outside and go for a walk.
Life will never be any less busy than it is now. And when it does, we’ll be old and retired. If we don’t learn how to fit healthiness into our lives now, we never will. Look around – there is someone out there busier than you who found time to get on the treadmill. There is someone out there with more children than you at the gym. We aren’t perfect. Life isn’t perfect.
At first, the commitment to be healthy may seem like it’s taking over your life but after time, healthiness will become your way of life and your priorities fall into place.
Be healthy now, not tomorrow.