Well it’s the end of March…. That wonderful time of the year when the mornings are starting to feel colder, public spaces are a symphony of people sneezing, and the kids are bringing home more colds than homework. Enter the start of Flu season…
Chances are if you’re not sick yet, you’re surrounded by people who are. Whether it’s the kids, your partner, or your colleagues – everyone seems to drop like flies at this time of the year. And, even if you are one of the lucky ones who has avoided falling ill (so far), you might still be feeling a little bit run-down. And we know what that means…..
Unfortunately when we are sick or just feeling run-down, there’s no denying that motivation doesn’t come easy when we’re not feeling our best. Naturally, we don’t feel like eating a salad or going to the gym if our head is pounding, tummy’s churning, and every bone in our body is telling us to go home and sleep it off under a fortress of blankets.
But what does this mean for that health goal you’re trying to reach?
Typically, when we’re not well or feeling a little flat, there’s one of two mindsets we take:
The first is the mindset of completely taking our foot off of the pedal and giving into what our body is experiencing, or craving. It’s common to want to rummage through the pantry to find all of the chocolate, sugar, and carbohydrates that we can get our hands on to comfort us during our time of need. The wheels are well and truly wobbling and it’s all too easy to undo all of the positive progress we’ve made.
The second mindset is at the opposite end of the spectrum, when we beat ourself up because our body has the audacity to get sick and derail our gym session that we had only JUST plucked up the courage to commit to! We can end up feeling guilty, frustrated, and feel as though we’ve taken a million steps backward in achieving our goal.
Regardless of which mindset you find yourself falling into, there’s a risk of heading into a negative spiral of self-sabotage. Both mindsets can threaten to derail you for good – making you lose motivation all-together and fail to get back on track.
So, how do we stop ourselves from throwing in the towel when we’re not feeling great?
Here’s 3 easy ways to stay on track and make sure your moment of sickness doesn’t become a long-term habit:
Tip #1: Put things into perspective:
It’s not realistic to expect things to go according to plan when you’re not feeling your best. It’s unreasonable to expect to be as motivated and disciplined as you usually are, or to have the same energy levels and self-talk that you usually do.
Your body is telling you that it’s time to slow down. It’s time to take things a little bit easier, so that you can be back on your feet sooner.
The key here is to accept that this period of time is different. Accept that you’re feeling unwell and a little bit low. Be kind to yourself! It’s okay to respond to what your body is telling you it needs. We’re not talking about letting your guard down and going off the rails with comfort food. Rather, just acknowledging that things are different whilst you are unwell.
Tip #2: Put a window of time around it:
While it’s important to respond to what your body is telling you to do, it’s equally important to not let it become your new normal. If you’ve been making good progress toward your health goals and the wheels are starting to wobble because you’re not feeling well, then it’s time quarantine it!
Instead of having the mindset of “I was on track and now I’ve lost momentum”, try instead shifting your thinking to “I’ve been on track, I’m going well, and what I’m experiencing now is only a window of time.”
Tip #3: Set mini-goals:
The final step is to set some achievable mini-goals. Ask yourself: “What’s realistic for me to achieve this week considering my current state of health?”
For example, if you’re not feeling well, chances are your energy is lacking and a gym session or your usual lunch-time walk is simply out of the question. So, instead, why not refocus your attention on something you can achieve like a healthy lunch? Although you might not have the energy to exercise, you can still take constructive steps forward by instead focussing on maintaining a healthy eating routine and fuelling your body with the nutrients it needs to recover.
By setting mini-goals, you’re keeping yourself in a positive mindset, and making it easier to get yourself back on track when you’re feeling better.
The important thing to remember when you’re not feeling your best is not to beat yourself up or use this period as an opportunity to derail all the good work you’ve done. By implementing the above steps, when you recover, you’ll feel confident knowing that you’ve made positive progress despite being unwell.
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