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“All I do is work, sleep, and do laundry!”

I am sure that every single one of you reading this has experienced this sentiment at one point in your life. The struggle of pushing forward with your career, your family, your school grades: no matter what tasks you are juggling, you feel that all you do is wake up, go to work, go back home to sleep, and do laundry to continue to go to work. It can become a harsh cycle that creates dis-satisfaction with your job and your home life. In the past 5 years I have gone through this struggle multiple times. After going through that harsh cycle many times, I hope to help each one of you realize that setting time for yourself, your friends and family will make you MORE productive!


Most of the recent pain studies show that pain is multi-factorial and is part of the biopsychosocial model. What does this mean? The pain we experience is modulated by physical, emotional, mental, social, environmental, and MANY MORE factors. One of the highly undervalued factors is the social factor. Who you surround yourself with will impact your pain experience and your overall life journey. THIS is why I suggest you set social goals.


Specific social life goals will vary GREATLY per person and will depend on who and what makes you happy, relaxed, and less stressed. If you have a significant other, you can set goals to have date night once a week or month either in the home or out on the town. Personally, Jason and I try to go bowling several times a month just the two of us. We get a pitcher of beer and just compete (I always lose!).

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If you have a few good friends, set a goal to do one event a week with them. Whether that is get coffee, go out to dinner, or just go grocery shopping and cooking together. If you have long distant friends, set a goal to call them once a week or month to catch up and make plans for the distant future! You don't have to SPEND MONEY for most of these social goals which makes them easier to obtain!



TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. If you cheat on all your other goals (pain-free, exercise, diet), DO NOT cheat on this goal! Taking the time with your significant other, friends, or family will help you stay motivated, relaxed, and focused on all of your other goals.

2. Pick social interactions and goals that don’t leave you strained or annoyed. You need to ENJOY your social interactions and goals. Choose people who you are happy to be around and motivated to spend time with.


Social goals will vary for each and every person tremendously. I hope to hear from you all- please set your social goals, write them down, and message me how reaching your goals is going!

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