Aware that the stakes of life sometimes make us lose our balance, the two authors who are also both mothers of two children provide multiple pieces of advice allowing us to give all the necessary importance to our body, heart and mind by taking care of yourself in order to stay in well-being.
Knowing that life is made up of ups and downs, Sarah Fortin, who co-wrote her first book with Virginie Goudreault, Taming the imbalances of daily, wish we could keep our own balance so we can keep moving forward despite everything.
Some parents are continually in survival mode, trying to put out the fires as they go, forgetting their own needs. In the end, frustration, even burnout awaits them.
From the outset, we suggest a work of introspection. “It's important to get to know each other,” says author Sarah Fortin from the outset. We all have strengths and weaknesses, so it becomes essential to know how to take advantage of them.
Thus, the work of introspection makes it possible to give meaning to one's life, to find meaning in one's work, to review your priorities and connect with yourself, among other things. The important thing is to focus on the essentials.
“There is no magic formula, we offer a toolbox,” notes Sarah Fortin. “You also have to get out of autopilot without being afraid, even if you have to change things. »
Without movement, there is no life. If our heart stops beating, the body no longer lives. Everything is in motion. It is therefore necessary to move, but it is not necessarily synonymous with exercise. If you don't like going to the gym to work out, no need to insist, it will never work.
“We believed that the movement necessarily implied doing endurance exercises at least three sessions a week”, explains the author who did not hesitate to seek advice from experts in the field.
“Today we think differently. Movement is simply defined as a change of position in space. »
Living for yourself
Among the benefits we derive from movement are the energy we create, the endorphins we secrete, the the anti-stress effect of movement and the relief of certain physical pains.
To circulate the energy, the two authors call on osteopaths several times a year.
“This allows us to take care of our body and create space and movement in it. “, she underlines.
The authors insist on living for oneself and not for others. Social media sometimes takes up too much space forcing us to compare ourselves or do things just to look good. In their book, we wonder, for example, if we cut an hour a day spent in front of screens browsing social networks, what else could we do that would make us happier.
This applies in different spheres.
“Do you sometimes feel like you are playing a role, wearing a mask, saying yes when you would have preferred to refuse? asks the author.
Existing for yourself, doing the things you love, giving yourself priority can sometimes be a long process. The idea is not to think only of yourself, but certainly to give yourself more time, which often allows you to be more productive afterwards and happier when you share time with others.
♦ Sarah Fortin and Virginie Goudreault are at the helm of Infuse magazine, available in online and in print. They offer virtual workshops on the importance of taking care of your body, heart and mind.
♦ For more details, infusemagazine .ca.