As women we often face a balancing act between work, our family, and taking care of ourselves.
In this balancing act, it’s usually taking care of ourselves that comes in a distant third place.
We know we need to work, because that’s how we earn money to live.
And then we use all the rest of our available for family, and caring for their needs.
There’s even a scientific term for this: the ‘ethic of care’ which has been shown to be an especially strong force on women’s lives.
And that’s fine, to a degree.
But sometimes, the balance goes wrong.
Sometimes we realise that over time we’ve neglected ourselves. We’ve neglected our own self-care.
And as a result our wellbeing, physically and mentally, can begin to suffer.
So what to do?
Well, I work with women to help them lead more active lifestyles because I know how important it is to our well being. I’ve felt the benefits in my own life, and I’ve seen it with my clients too.
But women often worry about taking the first step with exercise. We’re used to seeing the usual promotions on exercise: keep fit classes, gyms, boot camps, and it just all seems like such hard work.
We also worry it will take us away from our families too much. That it’s too selfish and self-indulgent to spend all that time on ourselves.
But there is a better way to approach this.
There’s a way to approach getting active that fits in with life.
And there’s a way to approach getting active that fits in with family life too.
This is what I promote in my Active Wellbeing Academy. It’s a more integrated holistic approach to being active, moving more and feeling better about ourselves.
When we take care of our own wellbeing our families benefit.
They benefit directly.
It’s not possible to take care of others, if we have started by first neglecting ourselves. Our well being has to be the priority because it’s at the very centre of what makes everything else work.