That long list of responsibilities must take a back seat, or our bodies will burn out and force us to take some time out. Oftentimes we are under so much stress we don’t even realize it, until it’s too late. Disease, fatigue, sleep deprivation, poor posture even death are often the result of us not taking some time out to care for ourselves.
There’s a million and one things we squeeze into a day, whether it’s home, work or family. All of these things must take a back seat when it comes to our well-being.
Tell me one thing you did for yourself this week? That list is probably short and the week just started, but I bet you can tell me more than one thing you have done for others. Thats what I mean, no time for self = BURNOUT.
It is equally important to take care of the physical and mental part of our being, but just as important to foster the emotional part of us too. Did you know that taking one hour a day, just for yourself can make a world of a difference in your life? You don’t have to do something drastic. There are little things you can do to show yourself some self love on a daily basis.
First things first, you must adopt a healthier eating habit. Most of us are eating ourselves to death, literally. I heard it all. I’ve been guilty of saying it too, I don’t wanna give up this and that my family grew up eating this stuff. Whats the point of eating food you know is no good for you. The average man or woman barely reaches the age 50. Over indulgence of sugar and starches makes us suffer from unspeakable pain, loss of limbs, ailments, excessive belly fat not to mention the inability to concentrate. All due to bad eating habits. Testing the latest diet miracle, or following Dr. so and so or gobbling the latest energy drinks. When simply all we have to do, is just eat better. Eat to Live! Also understand there is no substitution for pure, good old fashion water. Our body is 75% water and derives energy solely from the foods we consume. Study food, fill your body with wholesome foods. You will add more healthy years to your life
Secondly, MOVE. In short, the body was made to move so exercise is vitally important. Exercise is necessary for physical fitness and overall good health. Exercise improves posture, flexibility and stamina so you can work hard and use less energy to do it. Developing a regular exercise habit helps your heartbeat to become regulated faster after strenuous activity. Regular exercise gives you strength and endurance for your muscle and bones.
Thirdly, get some rest. Nothing replaces sleep. Sleep aids the body in committing all the new things we learn on a daily basis to permanent memory. Did you know that skipping out on rest causes the body to gain extra weight? It alters the hormones that affect our appetite and the way our bodies store and process carbohydrates. Losing out on sleep causes uncontrollable moodiness, irritability and the inability to concentrate. Suffering from sleep deprivation increases stress levels, negatively affects the heart causing an irregular heartbeats and malfunction of our immune system. Giving the body time to rest and sleep, allows the body to fight infections, it is also known to help ward off cancer.
A lifestyle of eating healthy, exercising and sleep can reduce the amount of stress in our lives tremendously. Not taking care of yourself can lead to Hypertension. Its one of the leading causes of death in Americans. There are no warning signs that’s why it’s called the silent killer. A healthy lifestyle takes time, and there are small things you can do to take a lot better care of yourselves along the way. Lighten your workload, learn to delegate responsibilities when you can. Its okay to say no sometimes too.
Take a little time for yourself. During your lunch or break period, change it up, read a book, drink tea, knit, listen to music or indulge in whatever little guilty pleasure that will make you feel better and lighten up an already hectic day. When the time permits, schedule a day at the spa, I did. It can do wonders for the mind, body and spirit and makes a girl feel totally refreshed and renewed. Trust me, you will feel better and look better cause you’ve taken some time out to love yourself. What do you have to lose? Are you not worth the same care and love?
(My article originally Written 1/7/2014, adopted from my Glamgirlsnation Inspirational Blog)