Exercise Challenge

This is a completely different kind of post, than I normally do. This one is very personal, but also useful to share.

As we all know, although not always act upon it, exercising on regular basis isn’t only good for your body, but it is also extremely good for your mental health. For your head. I really helps you to stop thinking about all your problems and helps you to look at things more clearly.

I used to love running. A long time ago, after my second child I started with running, got addicted to it and at a certain moment it was so bad I had to force myself to not run one day in the week. I can tell you, my mood wasn’t exceptional, but I knew I had to give myself time to recover.

This is not a post where I am going to tell you that you have to start running. Running is one of the many ways you can do to work out. There are way more options and you always have to do what you like. Otherwise, you will do it for some time and then you will give up.

I like to run. It gives me an oppurtunity to clear my head and do something else for an hour. And despite the fact that I am tired after, I also feel refresh and have more energy.

After my few years of “runners-addiction” I started to let it slip. Since then I am constantly trying to get back to that feeling I had then. Now I am at the point of getting there, but because I am so busy I forget on regular basis that I still have to run. Just plain stupid, I think, so I decided to challenge myself.

My whole life I have been running (or doing any other work out) in the evenings. I am absolutely not a morning person. More a “don’t nag before my coffee”-person. And after my coffee I slowly get into my rhythm. Just like an old diesel engine.

So my challenge for myself is covering 2 things. I challenge myself to start running in the morning (Still after my coffee though, didn’t want to overdo it). And I challenge myself to run 6 days in a row, take a break for one day and then do that again for the next 21 days. A person needs at least to do something for 21 days in a row to make it a habit, so this will make a good start for me.

Are you joining me???

Of course you don’t have to start running right away if you have never done it before. You can also do a 20 minute walk or 1 mile, if you haven’t exercised for a long time. (In that case maybe also smart to see a doctor first) Or start with something completely different. As long as it is consistently for 21 days.

Let me know if you join me or what you are going to do!!

Lost

As a business coach I know a lot lot about the feeling of being lost. Especially business owners tend to do too much at the same time and at a certain moment they loose their insight, their goals for that moment, they don’t know what to do anymore and a feeling of loosing it starts to kick in.

And I must confess, I have it too. Talking about it with my coach helps me to get me back on track again. Unfortunately not everybody with a business is able to afford an coach. Although I think a coach should be able to create a way to make it affordable, but that’s a different story.

There are a few ways you can prevent that feeling.

First of all if you are doing too much at the same time your brain will stop working. If you are trying to focus on one thing, trying to forget about other (small, but also important) things, but also get constantly interrupted, your brain will end up in a crash. And nothing else will come out of it anymore.

That dreadful feeling will kick in, overwhelm will start and nothing happens anymore. And you give up. After a while you start again, and it is so hard to get back in the game again that you wonder why you are doing it and you are thinking to giving up. Again. A negative spiral will start getting into your head.

Before you reach that point you have to find ways to refuel.

Almost everybody who has a business will say “Sorry, but I simply don’t have time for that”. My answer would be: “If you are working yourself into a burnout, what will be left of your business then?” Think about it. Is 10 minutes of your day worth the time to prevent a burnout? Is 10 minutes spend now on refueling a better investment in your business then to give up completely on your business in 2 or 3 years? Because you have to give it up, because of a burnout, because you cant handle it anymore?

So what are these ways you can prevent this?

One of them is establishing a quitting time and sticking to it. This way of giving yourself time to refuel, is something I figured out not that long ago. Now I do it every morning and it became a habit to do it. Just decide what time you will stop that day working. Spend some ease and quietness with family or friends in the time after. And even if it is just for a couple of hours, you already created something positive.

Another one, which is scientifically proven it prevents a lot of physical and mental problems and gives you a lot of advantages is meditation. Nice thing about meditation is that it doesn’t need to take you hours. Only 10 minutes just before you dive behind your computer and start your busy day working on your business, or 5 to 10 minutes during your lunch hour, will help you a lot. Especially in reducing stress.

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