Fuelling your four hats.
When I talk about hats, I mean the different hats we all wear on a daily basis, let me explain…
So I personally have four hats, some people may have more some have less, everyone is different.
I am the same person under these hats, but my work hat, for example, is very different from my social hat.
All of the “hats” need fuel to function though and when I say fuel I am talking about sleep, food, hydration and self-care.
This “hat” has me worrying a lot of the time, for example, are the children eating enough? are they getting the right nutrients to fuel them through the day? Am I doing a good job? Are they ok? Are they sleeping enough? Did their shoes match? (Yep, I have sent them into school with different shoes) Is it an inset day? Yep, I have sent them to school on wrong days too.
It is the most stressful of my hats that I put on each day. We all want to do our best and be good at what we do. I want to teach values and for them to grow to be respectful lovely children.
Not easy and a full-time job in itself. I have never experienced such love and guilt on such a scale.
Health with this hat on is imperative, it is difficult to implement anything if you are tired or stressed. Personally, if I am tired and grumpy as a result of lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet I am prone to making wrong decisions that affect everyone in the family. Clothes get shrunk and/or change colour for example.;0
I am 80% successful I would say at this hat and at changing the colour of clothes;)
NUMBER ONE TIP
Never run on empty as mix your hanger (Hunger and anger) with tired and hangry kids and its, well, not pretty!
Now my mother hat comes off after the kid’s bedtime and my wife hat goes on, sometimes I am crap at this hat, but I work on being present and digital free most evenings. I also work on staying awake past 8 pm which in itself is difficult;)
NUMBER ONE TIP
Always have date nights and be present and stay awake until bedtime.
Business and work, now this hat is worn after the morning school run/dog walk and before school pick up. I need to be 100% on top form, I need energy and positivity. My work involves promoting health to others so I need to be a great advert for it. I have been accused of not taking this hat off though and have been known to keep it on when the mother/wife hat should be on. OOPS!
My number one tip…
Learn to switch off or you upset the unique balance of all the hats.
The friend and Social hat
Ahhh I love this hat, Coffee catch-ups with friends can be amazing. I need this hat to be separate from all others so I can finish a coffee while it is hot, and finish a sentence without interruptions. Balance is so important.
This is the time to unwind. When you have close friends who are all striving for similar goals you can empower each other.
NUMBER ONE TIP
Birds of a feather flock together
So fuel for your four hats involves all the following and keeping it all in balance.
Exercise for mental health and physical health and without this daily, the other hats will not get their full focus.
Diet is imperative for your energy levels and mental focus, again needed in balance. Make sure your diet is working for you and not against you. Bullet coffee and high fats may work for one person and be detrimental to another. Know what works, listen to your body!
Sleep is vital for your overall wellbeing and without enough sleep your willpower and focus declines.
Aim for 6-8 hours a night of quality sleep.
Hydration fixes many ailments including headaches, dry skin and irritability and digestion and all the things needed to maintain balance within.
Aim for 2 litres daily of clean fluids and more if exercising.
If you need help with balancing your hats either for Motivation, general health advice, advice on exercise or just tips on energy foods and focus enhancing foods.
Have a great week