When I opened my email bright and early one morning last week, to find that the infamous Carla asked me to write a guest post on my “daily intermissions”, I smiled REALLY REALLY big!
I was so honored and excited that she wanted me to share my thoughts on the idea of intermissions.
My “daily intermissions” have become very important to me and are something that I look forward to on a nightly basis.
Let me explain…
As a entrepreneur, personal trainer, social media influencer, I am always GIVING! I love giving, inspiring, and promoting others on a daily basis, because I believe this is what I am supposed to do.
It makes me happy…BUT it can also can leave me exhausted, stressed, drained, and overwhelmed.
I was finding that no matter how early I got up, there still wasn’t enough time in the day.
My “to do” list was growing and not shrinking…I felt like I was running on the treadmill and it wasn’t slowing down…I was starting to feel sad, overworked, anti-social, and uninspired.
Holy guacamole this was so not cool!
I realized that I was giving no time to ME anymore. And when you do not give or take care of yourself, how can you take care of others?
I started with small daily intermissions to help me get grounded and back to feeling like ME again
- Dog Walks: Whether it is early in the morning or before dinner, Lucy and I head out the door, just the two of us. No phone. No music. I 100% disconnect and just focus on NOTHING. I find walking your dog is so therapeutic, for both of us. At the beginning of our walks I am not too thrilled and my mind is racing about the “to do” list, but once we get into our groove, I stop thinking and just walk. Gosh I enjoy that part!
- Less Television: While in between clients, I am typically in my apartment ALWAYS working on the computer. I used to have the news on in the background to get rid of the silence. I now find the news depressing, so no more TV during the days. I embrace the silence and I enjoy the silence. I also find that I am more productive and happier. I will not give up my nighttime TV though, that involves mindless thinking!
- Reading: I LOVE reading! I love flipping the pages. I do not want another electronic device in my life, so reading a book the old fashioned way is also a way for me to disconnect and truly get lost in the story. I read every night…whether it is 5 pages or 30 pages, it is peaceful, relaxing, and comforting, when I am curled up in a bed. To me, it is the perfect way to end a busy day.
- Journaling: This “daily intermission” is my favorite and something that definitely has helped me the most! My journal writing is only about ME.No one can judge my words and thoughts! I write about everything and anything that is going through my mind; my frustrations; my fears; my DREAMS; my passions; my day…just writing it out helps me clear my mind and go to bed with a clean slate almost. I find that each night when I write, I wake up with a sense of clarity, which has helped me find ME again and my purpose!
After being pretty consistent with these “daily intermissions” I can honestly say that I do feel a difference in my productivity my overall attitude and I have found “my purpose” again.
Working on YOU is not easy.
It takes you getting out of your own damn way and admitting your faults BUT when you put in the time and the work, some pretty amazing things can happen.
I am even surprising myself and I LOVE THAT!
Kathleen Uhran is the owner of She Rocks Fitness, which specializes in personal training, boot camps, and online training. She Rocks Fitness blog provides inspiration, workouts, healthy recipes, product reviews, and a glimpse into her personal journey. Her passions include running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her dog Lucy. Kathleen believes in inspiring others to know their self worth. Kathleen also believes that living a healthy and active lifestyle should be fun and never means giving up the things you love. It is about moderation and balance. #inspireOTHERS