It’s All About YOU!

9 Oct

by Rachele Jaegers

Yep, you read it right…. Today’s post is all about YOU! Before we begin, take a second and step in front of a mirror and take a good, hard look at yourself…do not judge, criticize, or critique anything in that mirror.  Just look into your eyes and check in. Do you know this person standing in front of you? Chances are if you are like most of us, life has become so busy that you have lost touch with this person you walk around with 24 hours a day, staring right at you. As a new mom and busy professional, I am more than guilty of losing touch with myself and my own needs these days. As soon as I feel I am losing touch, I make myself STOP, take a deep breath and check back in to practice what I preach. As a fitness instructor, I preach endlessly about taking some time each and EVERY day for ourselves. I explain how taking time for YOU is not selfish in any shape or form. This time allows you to refresh, regroup and be a better mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister and person! If we are constantly giving everything we have to everyone else, we end up feeling overworked, tired and like we are going through the motions of life. And most of the time, we are too busy to even realize these feelings. Life is far too precious to let the little things always get to us and bring more stress into our world.

I can bet your bottom dollar that if you take 30 minutes a day for yourself to do something YOU enjoy, that the next time your baby screams endlessly, your dog makes a mess of your house, your partner doesn’t get their dish into the dishwasher, or something else doesn’t go your way, you will be able to shake it off and maybe even get a chuckle out of life’s stressful moments. I know, I know, this is easier said than done. You are busy…. Your work full time…you have a family…you are too tired and overstretched as it is.  You have so many other things to do!! The excuses can go on and on, but just try it!! You make time to shower, brush your teeth and eat each day, right? Surely, you can take some time to step away from life for 30 minutes and reconnect with yourself. I will even help you by giving you my favorite tricks in cheat sheet form. Here you go:

1)  Take a workout break. This is one of the best ways to get refreshed, because not only are you doing something healthy for your mind; you are also rewarding your body with strength and endurance. This workout can be anything that floats your boat- try a new group class, get to yoga, design your own circuit routine, do some body weight exercises, or simply take a walk. You do not need a gym or equipment to get moving, nor do you need a ton of time. If you are at a loss for ideas, contact me! I can help get you started no matter what your situation may be. Working out releases so many beneficial hormones that help handle stress and will energize you to tackle the rest of your busy day. One of my favorite styles or working out is High Intensive Interval Training. This style of training is where you mix up maximum effort bursts of exercise, with slower bursts to really get the juices flowing and the after burn going.

2) Take a bath. How relaxing is it to draw yourself up a nice warm bath. Go ahead, make it relaxing…dim the lights, light some candles and add some bubbles. Try fitting a bath in at the end of your day before you go to sleep. Allow all the stresses of the day leave your body and go down the drain. You can even mix in some essential oils such as lavender or chamomile to help calm your soul. Taking a bath renews the body and spirit and will leave you feeling new again!

3) Take a walk outside. And by walk, I don’t mean your normal head down, texting on your phone or talking on your blue tooth kind of disconnected walk. I mean a REAL walk. Put the phone in your pocket on silent and just walk. Take in the sounds around you, the smells, the sky, the trees. Getting some fresh air is one of the best ways to regroup and get some energy back in your body. Without distractions of modern day technology beeping at you, you are able to let your mind relax and really focus on what are the important things in life.

4)  Eat a meal alone with no electronics or gadgets. Again, I am being cruel and asking that you tune out all technology for 30 minutes. I know, I know, how can you do that? I bet you can… and you may even like it! This is as simple as it sounds. Eat a meal in peace and quiet. Turn off the phones, computers, tv’s or any other distractions. Really chew your food, smell it, savor it, enjoy it!

5)  Take a nap.  Ahhhh one of my favorite things to do, but rarely get a nap in these days. It’s funny how as kids we fight the nap so much, but as adults we would give anything for one. If you can get a nap in, do it. Even in the car if you must (just not while driving please). A nap resets our body and allows it to repair itself. Your floors can wait to be mopped and your dishes won’t cry if you put them away later. Sit down, close your eyes and try to let go.

6) Give yourself a pedicure. The simple act of taking care of our feet can do so much for moral and self worth. Your feet take you through every step of life. Make them look good for the ride! We all feel good after getting our hair done, and this is like a mini makeover you can do yourself. Spend some time massaging your feet, stretch them out, and get that blood flowing in the body. Even men can benefit from a little love to the feet. So much energy comes from our feet, and with a little TLC you are sure to feel refreshed.

Now that I have given you simple things you can do every day, stop reading this and go take care of YOU!!! After all, if you are a stressed out mess, how can you possibly be the amazing superhuman you are trying to be???

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Rachele Jaegers is the owner and creator of Fantastically Fresh and Fit.  She lives with her husband and baby daughter in Mammoth Lakes, CA. She hold a B.A. in Business Administration from CSU Chico and is an instructor and runs programming at the world renowned gym, Snowcreek Athletic Club.

Rachele holds an ACE Group X Fitness Instructor certification, is a Level II willPower & grace® and girlPower Instructor, and teaches  cardio, circuit, HIIT, Tabata and sculpting classes. She is currently in the process of obtaining a Personal Trainer Certification through NAFC and will begin to offer personalized training services to clients in person and online this November. She is passionate about functional, efficient training and believes in working smarter, not harder. Her mantra is that exercise should be a reward and not a punishment! 

You can read more about Rachele on her website:  http://www.fantasticallyfreshandfit.com/,

And make sure to catch her health & fitness tips on her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/FantasticallyFreshAndFit

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