The Truth is…
The Truth Is, no woman needs another health lecture. We hear the same messages day in, day out: Eat better. Eat different. Less processed. Move more. Work less. Sleep more. Worry less. Breathe deeper. At every turn, we’re bombarded with advice on how to be healthier and happier. It’s not lost on us. But most of us are too buried under an avalanche of to-do’s to carve out any real time for ourselves.
The Truth Is, we put ourselves last. Always have. We’re the caregivers. The ones making sure that kids are fed and curfews are met. That aging parents take their medication and keep their doctor’s appointments. That the boss looks good in front of the board. That birthday presents are bought and wrapped and shipped. That everyone and everything gets taken care of at any hour–even if our own heath suffers.
The Truth Is, there’s only so much time in a day. Prioritizing ourselves would be easier if we weren’t always racing to soccer practices and dance lessons. Grocery shopping and carpooling. Meeting with tutors and dentists and plumbers. Walking the pooch. Feeding an army. Having late-night meetings with clients, or planning a date night if you can squeeze one in. There aren’t enough hours in the day, but we try our best.
The Truth Is, we don’t have to be last. The trick isn’t getting everything off your list – it’s putting yourself at the top and working your way down. Because the rewards are so worth it: like living long enough to meet the (nice) girl your son finally brings home. Being there for graduations, weddings. Having coffee and long walks at the country cottage you’ve always dreamed of. Watching your new granddaughter wrap her tiny fingers around yours for the very first time.
The Truth Is, it’s time to shuffle our priorities so we’re one of them. Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada. But that can change if we turn some of that love and attention our own way, and start making ourselves a priority.