Managing Life Like A Therapist

Managing Life Like A Therapist

No I am not talking about how a counselor or psychiatrist would handle get that out of your head. What I am talking about is how a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or an Athletic Trainer would handle an injury.

It is similar to life in a way. Trust me as a practicing Athletic Trainer for almost 20 years, injuries are a lot like life. I have always wondered why more of the medical community does not seem to take the time to function more like this model.

For every ACL (a ligament in the knee) that is torn, it is like running a specific play in football. You make sure the team is executing all the pieces together to make sure the play works and to have a positive outcome. For an ACL surgery that is anywhere between 6 to 12 months. 

Though it is not as easy as just saying you are all better in 6 to 12 months. There is work involved. That work comes in stages. Each stage has specific steps of action to take. 

Maybe you are following this and maybe you are not, so I will just let the elephant out...goal setting!

As I progress a patient (athlete or non-athlete) through rehab, there are certain things I need to help the patient work towards. Our action steps are based on our goals. Also our goals are based on where we are at in the process of things. I cannot have someone running at two-weeks post surgery because of tissue healing. That would be like asking someone who just started eating better for two weeks to lose 20 pounds….though I believe many of us would love it if we could reduce our weight that quickly.  

So what does goal setting look like? 

Here is a video to help you out with that:

While we set our goals a bit differently when it comes to the game of life versus injuries, sometimes we look for the quick fix. That magic that will jump us ahead of the game.

I hate to pull this out on you, slow and steady wins the race. Or if you need a sports reference, the long game wins out. 

Sometimes I think we would like to forget this. It is easy to do so in this day in age. Everything is at our fingertips. Life with instant access. Our food is fast, our TV now on demand, quick text messages, seeing friends from the comfort of our phone screens.

Though if you are really choosing to make a massive impact in your life and the lives of others, goal setting, action steps...they get you there. The journey is not instant or even 5 star/instaperfect. Though the destination is worth it all!

If this message resonated with you on some level and you need help figuring out where in life you need to address some changes and goal setting, go take this quiz. It will help you figure out what areas of your life where you feel the most out of whack. 

Looking forward to seeing you reach your destination!


Unbalanced Expectations of Women

Unbalanced Expectations of Women

“I get it, I know it is hard. I have kids too,” says a coach I used to work with. While I feel like he meant well, he clearly does not get it. We are not the same.

I am the wife and he has a wife. Who is picking up the kids...usually her. Who has to make dinner...most likely her. Who is making sure the kids get to where they need to go (with his help or with other help is possible)...her. 

To that I wish I would have said, really, do you? When you change a schedule, do you relate with my struggle to figure out what to do with your kids...nope. When you change the schedule, do you have to go pick up your kids, feed them, and entertain them while you are at work...nope.

The landscape has been changing for a while. The more families require two incomes to survive, the more responsibility that goes on the wife. 

Society still puts out the expectation that we cook, clean, and care for the kids/home.

So we get the privilege to provide an income and care for the household. Two full time jobs. No wonder more and more women are struggling and becoming burnt out. 

Not just burnout on our day jobs, but in being the wife and mother as well. 

Wishing we could be that mom that stays at home, but knowing deep down inside we enjoy being more than just a mom. 

What is a career-mom to do? 

For me, the place that I started was decluttering my time. 

What does that look like? This video dives deeper into the subject of what decluttering your time:

You will have to determine what the best way to declutter your time is. 

While what I do is imperfect, it does help. Some days flow better than others. Though for the most part, it allows me a bit of freedom to enjoy a movie with the family...I mean actually watching the movie not multitasking, there is a difference. 

So how will you declutter your time? 

If you like what you are reading, I have a guide for you to introduce you to a framework that has helped me in reassessing what had me upset with so many areas of my life. It just may be of a benefit to you too! 

Looking forward to seeing you live your life by your design!