The term ‘control freak’ gets thrown around often. Most people relate that term with people who have to have control of every aspect of their lives and sometimes even the lives of others. Is it good to have control over everything? What if you had no control over any aspects of your life? How can you harness control to benefit your life?
We obviously cannot have control over certain areas of our life. We cannot control the weather, traffic or even time. Sometimes we cannot control our health. However, are there smaller events that can make these things we seem to have no control over work for us. For instance, as far as weather is concerned, do you have a backup plan in case the weather becomes impassible? If you know you will hit traffic at 8:35 am, can you leave 10 mins earlier to avoid the stress? We have no control over how fast time eludes us, but can we plan ahead and be prepared so that we make the most of the time we have? Finding ways to make situations, that can become very stressful, easier will help gain control of the situation. Those are everyday examples, now what about your health?
Apart from being under a doctors care for serious medical issues, what can you do to be proactive about your health? Just as with anything in life if we have a plan of action it will make life much simpler. If you leave your exercise and diet up to chance, you leave your health up to chance as well. Planning and organizing your meals for the week to guarantee healthy choices, will help you reach your goals sooner. Another benefit to being proactive about your meals is that you have now reduced the stress of “what will I(or my family) eat today?”. It doesn’t seem as though it would be a stressor in your life, but have you ever tried figuring out a meal last minute? You’re hungry, tired and most likely not wanting to be creative in making a healthy, delicious meal. The easiest option is usually fast food or take out, not always the best option. So, do you have control over your diet?
The same principle will hold true with exercise, if you maintain control over a schedule for your exercise, you will undoubtedly stick to it. However, leaving your exercise or workout for whenever you have the time for it, or a haphazard schedule, will most likely result in you going weeks without exercise. Seeing as how exercise is a great stress reliever, you want to make sure that you make the time to workout. When you come to the gym you can fortunately leave the time dedicated to exercise up to your trainer and the carefully thought out program they have planned out for you. The hardest part is on your end though, making the time to get in to train regularly. Take time to sit down with your trainer and lock in your times to train. If you attend bootcamps, make sure you schedule out which ones you will be going to and enough time arrive before the bootcamp starts.
While too much control can be viewed as a bad thing, you do not want to loose control over the necessary things in your life. Being proactive and allotting the proper time to exercise and eat healthy will help reduce your stress, help you reach your goals, and make you a healthier happy person.