Thankfully, our health isn’t like math: adding one thing multiplies into exponential benefits for your happiness and wellbeing.
With this in mind, why do so many of us have such a hard time committing to activities and choices that benefit our health and make us feel better?
The new moms that I connect with regularly complain of things like being overwhelmed, tired, and unmotivated. Most of them have an overriding opinion that if they cannot commit to an entire workout then the bits they can do are not enough.
This thinking is detrimental and factually incorrect.
We all have different motivations, that’s why determining what sets your plan into motion in the first place is important. But the single factor I see that holds people back from making healthy choices is this all or nothing mentality. I encourage you to adopt the mindset that doing something is better than doing nothing.
This is scientifically proven. It will also help you begin to see your daily activities as proof of your healthy choices which leads to you feeling stronger and more confident!
By waking up each day and committing to one single accomplishment (and then following through on that commitment), you propel yourself forward in a positive light. The likelihood of you actually doing more than that one thing is pretty good but regardless, you have something to celebrate no matter what.
The kinds of “commit to one thing each day” I’m talking about, for example, are:
- Getting out for a walk
- Core breathing for five minutes
- Doing one set of a single exercise like 15 glute bridges, clamshells, or squats
- Drinking more water and less coffee
- Listening to an inspiring podcast, music or live Facebook video
- Booking an appointment that you have been putting off – massage, chiropractic, acupuncture or pelvic floor physiotherapy.
- Going to an appointment or meeting a friend for tea or a walk
The things you choose to do each day should include at least one thing that makes you feel good, that you can look forward to, and that contributes to your well-being.
There’s so many reasons that moms don’t make their own self-care a priority. Far too often we put ourselves last because our to-do list is too long. Historically, there was only the word priority. Singular. What a concept right? There could be only ONE priority, meaning we focus on that one important things. It is only in recent years that we have adopted the multiple form of the word and chosen to live with multiple priorities.
Instead of having a single focus, we now have an abundance of things we list for ourselves to ‘get done’ each day. When that list is not completed as we collapse to the pillow each night it can be easy to feel defeated and less inspired.
If we reframe that thought process into a more positive light, we can begin to celebrate the wins that take place each day and we feel happier. I challenge you to reframe your day, stop allowing yourself to go down the rabbit hole of defeat and you will start feeling more accomplished.
When we live in a state of positivity we are less likely to struggle with anxiety and depression. I am in no way implying that this one thing alone will take away postpartum depression and feelings of anxiety and overwhelm, but it does set you up for a positive day and overall outlook.
Far too much pressure is put on moms to lose their baby weight, get back to their career, back into their skinny jeans, cook food for the family, chauffeur children where they need to go, and look amazing while doing it. The truth is that we are only human and can only do so much.
If you are 0 to 12 months postpartum and ready to start taking care of yourself on your terms in the comfort of your own home I invite you to check out my 4th Trimester Strength Series
If you would like to gain strength in your core and pelvic floor, reduce pain and discomfort, stop peeing when you don’t intend to pee and regain your self-confidence then this program is for you.
When time is limited but you are still wanting to safely and effectively regain strength, feel accomplished, and recover in the best way possible then doing one thing each day to bring you closer to that goal is key.
Each week of program you will receive an email with a little motivation, a personal story and an exercise video showing you exactly what to do and how to do it. You will also get information on nutrition and the do’s and don’ts of postpartum recovery. You also have the option to add on private coaching calls for further support and guidance.
It’s simple, it’s effective and it’s the best thing you can do for your body postpartum!
What one thing are you going to do today that propels you forward to regaining strength and core confidence?