When it's All Hard – Jillian Kaplan How to overcome the hard

I am feeling like it’s all hard lately, every last bit of it. Being a Mom. Being a working Mom. Keeping my child happy. Keeping my own cup full. I see people out there acting like there isn’t a pandemic and while I am so jealous, I know that my personality is such that I need to continue to keep ourselves pretty distanced. But that is hard too.

Every decision I make seems to be a decision before mental and physical health. Like I *need* to do this for me and my family’s mental health but is it worth the risk of our physical health?

I just want to tell you that it’s OK to feel this way and I guarantee that most of us are feeling this way. This isn’t just for Moms, it’s for people. Dads, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts…you name it, we are all feeling this way.

One thing that I do when I am stressed, is throw myself into work and keep myself busy so that I don’t think too much about the stress. That works, to a point. For the first 6 months of the year, I went ALL in on work, on my fitness and on my family. It created but out. I was seeing no progress but I felt like I was going all in.

In October, I took a break and stopped any intense workout and focused on walking, light yoga, meditation and most importantly myself and my nutrition. I did a total body reset. I just needed to S – L – O -W   D – O – W – N, which is not a strength of mine but I had to do it. Sometimes you need to slow down in order to speed up.

Now, I am outside running 4 days a week, the other day I even ran 20 mins straight after not being able to run more than 5 mins a month ago. It feels AMAZING to breakaway from my routine and running is so liberating. PLUS I signed up for a {virtual} turkey trot over Thanksgiving and I can’t wait.

So when it’s all hard, take a step back and take a break. You can make it easier.