“Stress is self-created, so I decided to stop manufacturing it.” -Brendon Burchard. So, he sent me his book, that’s right, because I’m in this awesome group of coaches who have committed to going to Indy this summer for #coachsummit anyway, I’m reading his book #highperformancehabits Do you know how true that is? Stress is self-created. We get involved in so many things, our kids are involved in soooooo many things that we forget to take time for ourselves. I’ve had a lot of time to self-reflect the past two weeks & I’ve come to the realization that glorifying busy and putting everything before self-care is ridiculous. We sacrifice our health & well-being so we can talk about all the ‘stuff’ we have going on. We fill our days with unimportant activities, which is probably why ‘obesity’ has become an epidemic. Think about the time you make for yourself during the day, that’s right, I said MAKE. We live in a world of fast & easy, which is why we think it’s ok to run our kids through the drive thru after school and end up grabbing a snack. DO YOU KNOW: that by age 12 a kid has already formed their initial life habits? How does that make you feel? We’re raising a generation of kids who focus on fast & easy because that is what WE teach them. This is NOT ok. Stop glorifying busy, stop feeding your kids fast-food. If you don’t MAKE time to feed them properly then maybe they’re involved in too many things, or maybe you are. Kids should be active and involved, obviously, but not if it sacrifices their health, which comes through nutrition and sleep. Be a good example, help them to make good choices. My family ate dinner around the table every night together when I was growing up, it makes a difference whether you want to admit it or not. We’re so exhausted by the time we get home we don’t care that they’re spending hours on their phones because we just need a minute to ourselves. Well, somethings gotta give & it starts with you.