The Back to School Sigh, and Recommitment

Summer is a beautiful time - sunshine, family and festivities. For my family, it was also fishing and pan seared Peninsula flathead!

Did you notice it?

Just earlier this month, the collective sigh of parents across Melbourne (and really the whole Southern Hemisphere) as they dropped their kids off at school for the first day back of the new school year. Another Summer of school holidays coming to a close!

Summer is a beautiful time – sunshine, family and festivities. For my family, it was also fishing and pan seared Peninsula flathead!

Dr Russell Bensky enjoying the summer, standing in front of a sunset in beautiful dusk light.

Alongside all the joy, indulgence, and relaxation, Summer is also a check of how resilient we are in our accountability to ourselves. 

Many of us can probably admit that our health priorities over December and January slipped just a little. Looking at the many blank spaces on my own accountability charts, I can raise my hand and attest to that.

It’s an indication to me that the lifestyle changes that I am trying to make are still not embedded in my normal daily life.

“Sometimes we win, and sometimes we learn”.

In my mind, February is an exceptionally good time for taking stock of where we are, and where we want to reach. For me, and my own health, this means thinking about:

  • How much sleep am I getting?
  • How much am I exercising?
  • What and how much am I eating?
  • How am I managing my work life balance?
  • How much time am I spending with my wife and children?

In Dr Bensky’s January blog, there is a sample Accountability Chart.

You can use it as a basis to make your own!

Each one of us will have our own “lifestyle and wellbeing KPI’s” that are important to health, but physically and psychologically. By being honest and true to ourselves, we then give ourselves the opportunity to take stock of what has worked and what has not.
 

We can then move forward with confidence, and a clear understanding of our goals.

And then, all that is left for us to do is recommit, and be accountable.

In Enriching Health,
Dr Russell Bensky