We live in a world that is full of distractions.
Between alerts on our phones, mindless games/apps/TV shows, friends, family, work, etc., we face distractions at almost every turn and in almost every phase of our lives.
I mean, we even get distracted from our distractions. Like when you’re playing Candy Crush and a Facebook message pops up.
Too often, however, the things that distract us from the important issues are often not very important, yet we are rarely able to prevent ourselves from becoming distracted.
Distractions to Your Health
What is more important than being healthy?
Hint, the correct answer is nothing.
Sure, you can make an argument that taking care of your kids is more important, but if you’re not healthy enough to take care of your kids they’re in trouble. So taking control of your health really needs to be number one on your list of daily priorities or getting everything else done becomes more difficult.
Yet how easy is it to give in to distractions and then you end up sacrificing your health because of it?
Unhealthy distractions come in all shapes and sizes, but I’d be willing to bet that most of us have fallen victim to one or more of these circumstances:
- The Lunch Run–Have you ever brought a healthy lunch to work, only to be distracted by someone going to lunch at the awesome deli around the block? Were you able to hold strong and enjoy your salad? Or did you go with your coworker and crush the Philly with extra cheese and a double order of fries?
- The Change of Plan–This is one of my favorites. The plan was to go to the gym after work and get a good 45 minutes in before heading home. But then you get the call saying you need to pick up your son from the babysitters. Or run your daughter to piano lessons. Or worst of all, stay late to finish a project for your boss.
- The Lazy Ass–This is my particular vice. I’ll have great plans of getting up early and getting my run in first thing in the morning. But then I hit snooze. And then I just turn the alarm off. And then I’ve overslept by an hour and a half and I’ve got too much other stuff to do so I scrap the run.
Any of these sound familiar? All three?
Life Happens, and That’s OK
Here’s the thing. All of these things will happen from time to time, and that’s ok. It’s called life, and life happens to all of us from time to time.
The trick to limiting distractions and consciously taking control of your health is simple, you have to be proactive about eliminating (or at least limiting) the potential for distractions to get the better of you.
How? Here are a few ways, but you need to find out what works best for you.
- The Lunch Run–Tell the guy that invites you to lunch everyday that you can only go on Fridays. The rest of the days, eating a smaller and healthier lunch is important to you, but he’s welcome to join you if he wants to pack his own lunch too.
- The Change of Plan–If making it to the gym in the evenings without a distraction is akin to walking across a minefield unscathed, you might have to find a different time to workout. Try the mornings if possible, where fewer distractions tend to be lurking. Or maybe try to workout during your lunch break or later in the evening depending on your schedule.
- The Lazy Ass–It’s amazing how much easier it is to get out of bed in the morning when other people are waiting on you. I was never a morning runner, but once I started running with a group a couple of mornings a week, at least on those days I’m always able to jump out of bed and get going. I can never do it on the other days by myself, but at least I know I have a good reason to not be lazy on Tuesday and Thursday!
Just Make It Happen
Whatever you need to do to disarm your distractions, do it.
Improving your health is so important, but it won’t happen by accident. It requires work, actually it requires hard work. Lots of hard work. So you have to keep working at it a every day.
No matter what comes along to distract you.