Whenever I put out some kind of advice, or share a piece of research, my intentions are never to ignore your life circumstances.
I think many people within the health and wellbeing field often convey a message that is meant to be adopted universally. Coaches may not realise the lack of resources clients have available to reach their health goals. Doctors sometimes forget that their medical advice may be more difficult for certain patients.
So as much as I would love to think that you, dear reader, have a pleasant life where you can take advice on board with a snap of the fingers, I think that would be pretty naïve of me. We all have our struggles, our baggage, and it’s how we manage that as we move forward through life that determines how well we live.
As I am writing this I am experiencing one of the most stressful life events an individual can undertake: Moving House. Sure this isn’t the first time I’ve had to move all my belongings and find myself in a completely different part of the country. But by golly am I stressed out still!
To tell you the truth, my health and wellbeing has not been a priority throughout this process. Sure I make sure to not go to bed too late, and to get some exercise in here or there, but boy have I been raiding the snacks! I’ve also found my anxiety spiking, and right now my restless leg syndrome is giving me a nice little jig most times I’m sat down.
My point being is that when life throws you a curve ball, it is ok to not prioritise your health and wellbeing. I’m not saying give up entirely, because that will only make your situation worse. But if you are one of those people who, like me, tend to put high standards on themselves and get very disappointed if they are not met, you can let this go. Just let it go.
We all have moments in our lives that put us under extreme mental and physical strain. It’s important to recognise your limits, and to allow yourself moments of rest. If that means you seek out pleasure to ease that strain, then who am I to say otherwise. Look after yourself!