STAYING GROUNDED AS A PILATES INSTRUCTOR: AVOID BURN OUT

by Lorna Sophocleous

lorna header“A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.” ~Joseph Pilates~

As a Pilates Instructor, I understand the challenges we face as
far as living a healthy lifestyle. After all, we are important role models even if the client doesn’t mention that they see us in this light. What we say, and more importantly what we do, is of great impact on them.

That is why in a profession such as a Pilates Instructor, which is really about giving, we need to recognize that we need to receive so that we can show up as the best version of ourselves.

Here are 3 ways that you can step into being your best self every day:

1. FRONTLOAD THE START OF YOUR DAY: If we are stressed, we don’t want to eat foods that stress out our body. What you put into your body for breakfast will set the tone for the rest of the day.

Do you start with a lot of coffee and sugar? Do you follow that up with processed sugary cereals, donuts and muffins?

If you answered yes, it will be very hard to keep your spiked sugar levels even for the rest of the day. When you are hungry and making choices that do not support the needs of your body, your energy levels and brain power will be affected. You might have many clients scheduled making it impossible to grab something to eat so instead, start your day with something that truly fuels your body and works to give you that desired high level of energy and brain power.

Some great ideas would be a green smoothie, eggs with lots of vegetables. For an extra anti-inflammation, add turmeric to the smoothie or eggs. You could also opt for a nutritious green juice. I am not talking about the ones on the shelves! Some have a lot of sugar so I am referring to homemade green juices. I like to either recommend putting chia in there for added fat which will keep you satisfied. You can also eat some nuts on the side or yogurt.

If you are accustomed to pancakes and sweets, I have a pancake recipe for you that is actually good for you!

Yummy Chocolate Pancakes! (Who said you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?!)
1 mashed banana
3 eggs
pinch or two of sea salt
cinnamon to taste
Cacao nibs

Mash the bananas and blend all ingredients together until smooth. Make sure there are no lumps. Pour into the skillet on a medium heat. Brown and then turn over.

You could also leave the cacao out of the mixture, pour your batter and add in the end to melt them. Delicious!!

2. Don’t over-schedule yourself. Sometimes we have to set boundaries and not overwork ourselves to the point where there’s no time allotted for self-care and simple down time to re-charge.

This can start to affect our health negatively. You also can’t give what you have.

3. Shut off all electronics a minimum of 1 hour before bedtime! Just like we start our day to set it up in the best way possible, we need to bookend our day and create nighttime rituals to wind down and get the best sleep possible.

Ariana Huffington has a new book, “The Sleep Revolution” where she speaks about how sleep is viewed as ‘underrated’ and most of us are walking around exhausted. When we don’t honor sleep, it really takes a toll on our body. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, it’s practically impossible to avoid the gnawing cravings due to certain hunger hormones triggered and out of
balance when we don’t sleep.

What are some of the ways you balance out your life to avoid burn out? I would love to hear them!

Please feel free to email me at lornawellness@gmail.com with your thoughts or any questions you might have.

If you want to learn more about becoming a Pilates instructor, click here. http://www.basipilates.com/program-finder/

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