Are you fit for duty?

I'm here to argue that it is each of our personal responsibility to be "fit for duty". While this term has historically been used by military or first responders - I believe that the unique challenges our current world presents necessitates we all take extreme ownership in our lives to be fit for duty - as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, peer, coach, and all the other roles we hold.

Fit for Duty, from my perspective, means a balance of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional fitness. This requires deep understanding and awareness of your unique and dynamic needs. 

In today's dynamic 'always on' culture, we are ALL asked to be in a constant state of high alert and productivity. 

In law enforcement, we receive training to be physically fit for duty and capable of performing critical job tasks. But what is missing from that training, and our society in general, is learning to complete the stress cycle. How to deal with stress in the body. I am here to bring awareness to this gap.

I quickly observed the effects on my own mental state from working under heightened stress 100% of the time. This is a very Yang (masculine) way of being. And regardless of your gender, restoring a balance of Yin (feminine) with Yang is a vital component to health.

Things began to shift for me once I became aware that stress is a natural part of the human condition, not unique to first responders, but experienced by all humans at some level. I began to value the importance of addressing stress in the body versus only addressing the stressor itself. Through applying stress management techniques, I began to see more balance and wellness in my life and finally felt a true understanding for what "fit for duty" means in my life., and how I can be fit for all of my roles - and still have energy left over.

Things that support this include: daily movement, eating nourishing foods that support my gut-brain axis, getting plenty of quality sleep, daily mindfulness practice, social connection, taking time for journaling and reflection, spending time in nature, and giving myself permission to take breaks before I need them.  

I no longer see wellness as a state of being, but rather as a state of action. The ability to flow from stress into calm and back into stress (and not getting stuck in one or the other!)  

If you would like to learn more about this, and join in the journey of being Fit for Duty (regardless of what your "duty" is) check out my resources below or hop on a call with me to find out if working together in a coaching relationship is right for you. 

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