It’s the silly season! No matter if you celebrate Christmas or not, we all know this time of year can get incredibly busy. There are extra things to do and often a multitude of end of year activities that seem to start earlier every year (I have already been to five!). With all of this going on, it’s easy for our routines to get really mixed up. One of the downsides of this is that many people can “lose their mojo” when it comes to doing the right things by their health and fitness. This is less than ideal if it means your problems get worse or interfere with your enjoyment of the festive season.
The three most common things people seem to give up when their routine goes out of kilter are exercise, relaxation / self-care strategies and dietary care. We know it’s hard enough getting people to do these things at the best of times. Fewer than 50% of Australians engage in the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week, and an even lower 7% eat five serves of vegetables daily. It’s no wonder these are the first things to get discarded when life gets a little crazy.
So how can we maintain some semblance of order amidst the festive chaos? How can we have our (metaphorical or literal) cake and eat it too? Read on for some tips to help you get through the silly season AND keep your mojo too.
Many people find setting reminders in their phone, computer or diary works really well. Some people even schedule or block off a time in their calendar to do things, just like they would if they were making an appointment. This can work really well for any type of exercise, including pelvic floor exercises, and even for making time to do meditation or relaxation.
The other important thing to know is that if your reminder does not end up working for you, change it to something that does. For example, if you have set an alarm to remind you to do your exercises at 6pm, but it turns out that’s right when you prepare dinner every night, change your reminder to another time of day that will be more realistic for you.
This could be as simple as just using your device to set calendar reminders, as mentioned above. But if you want something more specific, there are literally apps for everything these days! They can be a great way to keep you on track. Some different ideas for apps you may find useful include:
While a lot of your routine may have taken its own holiday right now, there are still certain things you are probably doing every day, such as brushing your teeth and showering. Use these routine activities to your advantage, and plan your set activity at the same time. This is often a fantastic way to remember to do pelvic floor exercises or stretches – simple exercises that don’t take too long. You could even use it for a short meditation reminder.
Many people find it easier to keep to an exercise or diet plan if a friend or family member does it with them. You can keep each other accountable, motivate each other and share in your achievements.
Studies have shown people who follow up regularly with their health professional have better outcomes. They can help to keep you accountable, stay motivated and change or progress things for you as required.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and new year season and get some rest and relaxation – without losing your mojo!
Just a reminder the clinic will be closed for the next few weeks and I will not be contactable until 9th January.
Yours in pelvic health.