Do you ever have times where you think something you regularly do is easy and then find that on some days it is much harder? How do you react when you fail to reach your expectations?
I had that experience on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago and it is the topic for today’s Micro Mondays over on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast. Saturdays are my long run days with my Saturday Sisters as we train for events throughout the year. We have a half marathon coming up in two weeks and had decided to run 20km.
I was surprised at how tough it was considering we usually run 15km-18km each Saturday. I managed to finish and had to walk for a short time, but throughout the run my body was telling me it wasn’t happy. On reflection, I acknowledged that I’d had a very poor sleep the night before, in fact, I woke at 2am and never went back to sleep. I was also dehydrated and have not been drinking enough water over the last week.
Two important factors if you want to perform well – sleep and hydration and I didn’t have either.
I want to discuss how daily life is always a learning experience if you take the time to listen and reflect. I also want to share 3 learnings from my experience which I believe is the basis for handling many of our life experiences.
Learning from Daily Life to Live Well
1. Listen to your body – Treat your body and health with respect, love and care.
No matter how fit or healthy you may be, your body sometimes just needs nurturing, rest and balance. There might be something wrong which requires medical attention – don’t put it off. Listening to your body and what is needs will help you to Live Well and Age Well.
2. Make caring for your body, mind and spirit a daily priority
Put in place daily habits to maintain a healthy and holistic approach to life. This means daily movement, making healthier eating choices, drinking water to stay hydrated, quiet time for your mind, reflection for your spirit. Making appointments for regular health checks and screenings (click HERE for a checklist to help you plan).You and your body are your #1 priority
3. Stop being so hard on yourself
In the past, I would have looked at my poor run as some sort of failure. I would have felt I had let myself down. I’ve learned that just because I haven’t performed as well as expected, I’m still trying. Sure, it didn’t go my way but I’m learning that our expectations of ourselves can be so much higher than we place on others, that sometimes they are just unachievable.
We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves and the reasons are usually deep within us as a result of previous life experiences (that is huge topic for another discussion). Being kinder to ourselves, bringing the bar back to a realistic level will definitely help us to Live Well, happier and healthier. It is not a failure, it is a learning experience.
Don’t let one negative experience stop you from trying
This whole experience has taught me that with the right mindset, with preparation and a positive attitude we can overcome the difficulties we face in every day life. I took my own advice and applied the three learnings from my ‘poor run experience’ and moved on.
Yesterday, I ran in the Brisbane Half Marathon, the event the Saturday Sisters and I have been preparing for. I not only completed the run in a great time but I placed second in my age group 60-64 out of 15 participants. Crossing that finish line, feeling strong and elated with my result was the complete opposite to how I felt a few weeks ago when I felt I wouldn’t be able to participate.
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