Updated: Oct 4, 2020
There is only so much we can control in our lives. When we start working to improve our body and mind through movement, as we do here at 4U Pilates, we take a holistic approach: identifying the ways to improve internally, and how we engage with the world externally.
In this week’s post, we’re looking outwards at the roles, relationships, and responsibilities that you hold, and how they affect your life. These are commitments, and often they are things that happen to us, rather than activities we choose to take up.
COPING WITH COMMITMENTS, CHANGE, AND BEING ADAPTABLE
When it comes to managing commitments, it can often be difficult to evaluate just how much of your time and effort is spent fulfilling the roles and responsibilities you hold. On top of that, unexpected changes can make coping even more difficult.
In this guide, our aim is to provide strategies to support your commitments, change, and improve your adaptability:
1. CHECK IN WITH YOUR WELLBEING
Often, it is only when things get too much, that the energy you put into your commitments can be felt. It’s why we advocate checking in with your wellbeing on a regular basis, taking stock of how you feel, and the causes of negativity or stress.
2. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
As well as checking in with your wellbeing, be honest with yourself. Being authentic is often valued more than over-committing to certain things; for example, dropping out of a family event at the last minute can be more detrimental than reducing your commitment to the event at the beginning.
As women, we are often expected to be reliable, especially if you are a mother, wife, daughter, or hold another familial tie that supersedes over all other commitments. However, if you do not take care of yourself, you may be unable to properly take care of your commitments, so it’s worth putting your needs first.
3. BUILD YOUR MENTAL RESILIENCE
Strengthening your mind is like strengthening a mental muscle. Dealing with commitments, challenges, and unexpected changes, does not come easy to anyone, but the way you manage these can be improved by building your mental resilience.
Just as you would use physical exercise to improve your body’s health, taking time to invest in your emotional health and well-being will enable you to better cope with whatever life has in-store for you.
By building your mental resilience, you will be able to:
Approach things differently
Form a new habit
Develop new thinking patterns
Improve your ability to handle change
One of the best ways to build your mental resilience is through training. At 4U Pilates, our Midlife Champions course provides holistic support for both your body, mind, and emotional health.