Summer is on its way and for many of our readers that means – the kids are home! Each year when we’re talking to women about our program, we hear how this time of year can really take a toll on personal time.
With summer literally just around the corner, now might be the right time to take a look at whether your current healthy living plan is going to work for you. Are changes in order? Will you still be able to take your morning walk? The one you use to take after the kids went off to school? Or will you need to rethink what might need to change now, before you’ve let a couple weeks go by. Workouts and scheduled personal time may need to change in the face of busy summer schedules.
Think about how you can manage your time differently. When kids are at home all day, every day, will your frig be stocked with different types of food and more of it? Managing you and your family’s menu may also take some additional planning. Now may be an appropriate time to set any new ground rules at home which will better support you in your efforts to manage a healthy lifestyle.
Some time between business meetings, soccer games, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, birthday parties, dry cleaning, client lunches, vacation planning and sex – you need to carve out the all important ‘me time’!
Here’s a great book you may want to read or revisit, which should be on the top of any woman’s summer reading list. Take a look and check in once and a while and let us know how you’re doing.
by James O. Prochaska, PhD, John Norcross, PhD and Carlo Diclemente, PhD