Self Care…What Are You Doing?
How do you care for yourself? You’re probably really good at taking care of everyone else’s needs but do you take care of your own? Do you do things that nourish your body and soul?
The importance of caring for you
Why is it important to prioritize your self care? As we go through life being busy doing all we have to do, we often neglect our own needs. This leads to stress, sleeplessness, unhealthy food choices and ultimately, poor health.
We are so consumed with the busyness of life, technology, the over-scheduling of our kids and ourselves that we forget or just don’t make the time to take care of ourselves.
Easy ways to practice self-care
Make sure you’re eating a well balanced diet full of whole foods. Limit, or better yet, eliminate processed foods and especially processed sugar.
Daily exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise burns calories, helps manage stress, lowers blood pressure, clears your head and triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones attributed to the ‘runner’s high’ that athletes experience.
Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’
Maintaining boundaries is a healthy way to keep yourself from getting caught up in other people’s drama. When you are able to say no to people you can avoid burnout. Don’t let other people’s emergencies become your priority.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. You can’t make up for a sleep deficit so it’s important to get 7-9 hours per night.
If you have trouble getting to sleep, it may be time to clean up your nighttime routine.
- Make sure you stop eating at least three hours before bedtime
- Turn off electronics at least one hour before going to bed
- Keep the bedroom cool and dark
- Go to bed the same time every night
- Limit caffeine after 2:00 PM
Spend time in nature
If possible, try to get outside for some time each day. Time in nature is good for the body and soul. Take a walk and look around. Really enjoy the scenery. Turn off the phone and just be.
There are many other ways to practice self-care. Anything that makes you drop back and take a breather is a good step in the right direction. If you need help in any of these areas, a health coach may help you. I have helped many clients learn how to prioritize self-care.
Since June 2019, I decided to hold myself accountable for walking my talk. Several years ago, I was able to take off 135 pounds and essentially save my own life. I regained some of that weight in the last couple of years and I’m working my way back down. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since I began in June and have exercised nearly every day since August.
If you choose to join me on this journey, I hope I am able to impart some nutritional and lifestyle wisdom. Even though I may have gone off the rails temporarily I can still share some of my first hand experience as well as my acquired knowledge and training to help you make the right changes to live your best life.
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Nice job! I did an online weight loss bet last Jan and won in the summer, but this was a good reminder to keep eating healthy and get more sleep.
Thanks Kristin. Keep up the good work yourself.
Does self-care include brushing teeth, showering, visiting the dentist and visiting the doctor for regular checkups?
I would say that anything you do to make sure your stay healthy would be considered self-care Doug 🙂