Life Balance and Mental Health – #BellLetsTalk

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day in Canada. What’s that you say? Well it’s Bell (company) raising awareness about Mental Health in Canada. You can text, tweet, call long distance or share their image on Facebook and they will donate $0.05 cents towards mental health initiatives throughout Canada. I wrote about it last year here and in 2013 here. Last June, I took a Mental Health First Aid Course for work and I 100% recommend it for EVERYONE. Look it up people!

Mental health first aid course

A few weeks ago (January 19th) I participated in a weekly Twitter Chat with @RunATCan. That stands for “Running in Atlantic Canada”- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. It’s a great group of people who are beyond encouraging, knowledgeable, friendly and a lot of fun!

This specific chat was about “Life Balance” and was huge! So many people or tweeters were on this chat, it was awesome. So, since today is #BellLetsTalk day, I thought I would share the questions and MY responses below…because I believe “Life Balance” and “Mental Health” go hand-in-hand…and so did many of the other tweeters.

Question #1: Give your personal definition of life balance.

My response: A1 Making sure I can fit in my priorities first: family, health (activity), friends. Being okay with NOT doing it ALL. 

Question #2: Do you sometimes struggle w/ life balance as a runner? (running taking over, annoying others/not running as much as you want).

ResponseMy mental health is a priority over many other things and if that means running then yes, running takes priority

Question #3:  Have you ever made a physical list of what your priorities actually are? Whether yes or no, what are the top 3?

ResponseFamily, Health (mental, physical) and then everything else as needed. I also know what is not my priority.

Question #4: Have you ever taken a few days & tracked your time & see how you actually use it? Work, sleep, TV, phone, family, running, etc

Response: Ha ha, yeah but only for a blog post not for me. 😉

Question #5: If you feel like things are unbalanced, how do you hit reset? For some, it’s easy – for others, quite hard. Share your tips! 

Response: Usually it’s after a breakdown (ha) & a good conversation with my husband to get my priorities focused Spouse support

Question #6: Is improving our life balance as runners all about increasing positive things, decreasing negative things or both?

Response:  I think a little of both. You need the good with the bad as life isn’t always perfect. 

So, now you know a little bit more about me, how I attempt to balance my life, running and my mental health. I feel lucky to have this awesome running group on Twitter that meets up at local events as well. I feel lucky to know what supports are out there if I, yes me…or anyone else needs them to help balance their life.

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My little family in yesterday’s storm 🙂

 

Mental health is important to me and talking about it is even more important. So, please if you can text or tweet #BellLetsTalk today – THAT would be awesome.

Now it’s your turn……leave a comment or heck, write a blog post about these 6 questions and leave me your link.

Question #1: Give your personal definition of life balance.

Question #2: Do you sometimes struggle w/ life balance as a runner? (running taking over, annoying others/not running as much as you want).

Question #3:  Have you ever made a physical list of what your priorities actually are? Whether yes or no, what are the top 3?

Question #4: Have you ever taken a few days & tracked your time & see how you actually use it? Work, sleep, TV, phone, family, running, etc 

Question #5: If you feel like things are unbalanced, how do you hit reset? For some, it’s easy – for others, quite hard. Share your tips! 

Question #6: Is improving our life balance as runners all about increasing positive things, decreasing negative things or both? 

I Hit The Snooze Button 5 Times This Morning!

Last night I was supposed to run 9 x 400 @ 5k pace and after a long day in and out of work, I sat down after eating dinner and thought about the run I had ahead of me.

I was exhausted. My eyes were tired and my body wasn’t into any form of movement. I had a conversation with my husband and he said to do what you want to do. Run if you want to or take a day off. I honestly had to really think about this one.

So I ate three double stuff vanilla Oreo’s. The were delicious but so, SO bad for you.

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Then I walked into our bedroom and saw the two piles of laundry that needed to be folded as I had another load in the washer.

Guess which option won?

I decided to fold the laundry, relax a bit with Sai and go to bed early. Lights out and under the covers at 9:31 pm is a record time for me lately but my body needed it. I am starting to feel like a cold is coming on 😦

I slept for 8 hours straight…didn’t wake up once until 5:33 am when I heard Hilary crying. A little cuddle and rock in the chair got her back to sleep and me back to bed until 6:25 am.

I then hit the snooze button 5 times. Umm…really, 5 times? Yup, 5 times! Good decision or bad decision, but that decision alone had me running behind for the rest of the morning. Meh….. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and arrive 5 minutes late to work.

I did however, pack my running bag so I can run at lunch 🙂 I guess I set my priorities last night for today.

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I gotta find my motivation again but sure happy I got the dang laundry folded and a full night’s sleep.

How often do you hit the snooze button?

Don’t forget to enter my AMRAP GIVEAWAY. ?

Do you love/hate Oreo’s?

Happenings Around Here

Keeping it simple today……enjoy!

Dec 13 Sherwoods

Lovely little ones….

girls and friends dec 2013

A little wine, hot chocolate and games (not all at the same time)

wine, hot choc and games

Are you all ready for Christmas? 

What’s your favourite Christmas/holiday tradition?

Any crazy snow/rain storms happening where you live? Or is it sunny and hot, wait I don’t want to know about that 😉

Pregnancy, Running and Blogging

Who has time for all this? That’s a great question I’ve been pondering over the last 14-15 weeks.

I announced on the weekend that “Our family is…” growing by two feet. Lilly is going to be a BIG sister in December and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

When I first found we were expecting, I went through the excitement and then remembered all the challenging times that lie ahead….but this time we have a 2-year-old running around.

Physical / Emotional: I had a great pregnancy with Lilly, even though she was born at 36 weeks – completely healthy 6 lbs 13 oz. I had a little nausea that I could manage, some major back/sciatic pain starting around the 28/30 week mark and only one NASTY leg cramp later in pregnancy.

Anyone ever had a leg cramp / Charlie horse while pregnant ?  Oh man – it’s beyond painful.

I was an emotional wreak while pregnant with Lilly. However, a big part of that was because my brother had just left for Afghanistan when we found out we were expecting. I cried at EVERYTHING! Seriously!

Workouts: I walked our dog every day – sometimes twice. I ran a bit and I took a prenatal yoga class – which I did right up to the day before I went into labor. It wasn’t pretty or graceful towards the end, but it sure felt great.

I was put off work on a Friday and went into labor Sunday night when my water broke at home. I had no idea I was in labor and it all went very, very fast for us.

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This pregnancy has been different (which everyone say’s…oh your having a boy  – not always the case). I’ve been extremely sick ~nauseous~ and on medication since week 6. I thought last week, eh, let’s go off the meds. Day 1 was really good, day 2 was okay but by day 3 I was miserable.  I couldn’t eat, drink, read or write an email at work without wondering if I was going to run to the bathroom to get sick.

So, I ask who has time for all this? Pregnancy, Running and Blogging ????

Over the last 3 months, I’ve managed to put out a few random posts, sometimes none for days … yes bloggers, you’ve guested it … my stats were terrible.

All I could do is work and sleep. This is no joke. I would wake up, get Lilly and I ready for daycare/work, go to work; one day I even forgot to drop her off at the sitters!!!! No joke! I would get home at the end of the day and some days pass out on the couch at 5:30pm. These were the day’s my husband was home. By 6:30 or 7 pm, he would wake me up and say “you need to go to bed”, and I would. I slept for 12-14 hours …not all in a row, I wish.

When did I have time to work out or run ? I had TWO 5k races coming up that I wanted to get a PB. Not. Going.To. Happen. This. Year. I ran when I could, which was not that often.

I blogged when I could manage something over my lunch hour at work.

I was pregnant and couldn’t blog about it 😦   Well, I could…but we wanted to wait to tell people.

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So, now, I blog when I can. I run when I can and I sleep when I need to. My new 8:30 bedtime is fast approaching as I write this blog post … do I fit in a 10 minute work out OR do I do the dishes ?

Hummm…..if my husband was home and not on the evening shift, I would go for a short 20 minute run. That would be my first choice.

I’ll just have to leave it up to you…as to what you think I will do after this post goes up. Workout, dishes or bed?

How do you manage things when you were pregnant?

Did you try to get it all done ? Or listen to your body and rest/relax when needed?