Today we have a guest blogger, Shelia Olson
Self-care is often the last part of life that we invest in. There are a number of reasons — it takes time, it seems less important than it is, and the payoff is not always as quick as the runner’s high you feel after a workout, just to name a few. Nonetheless, it is essential to practice self-care if you want to live an all-around healthy and thriving life, and there is a payoff. Here is some practical advice on how to add self-care to your life.
Eat the good stuff.
Nothing is more vital than nutrition when it comes to living a healthy life. Eating well helps us to better manage our weight and can lead to more energy, less risk of getting cancer, stronger bones and teeth, and better cardiovascular health. There is also a slew of mental health benefits that come with a healthy diet, such as enhanced mood, better memory, and deeper rest. Also, it’s easier now than ever before to eat delicious foods that are good for you. There are even healthy meal delivery and grocery services that will bring food to your front door. Such services can help you lose weight, and maintain a consistent diet through portion control and providing you with a wide array of healthy foods.
Make sleep a priority.
Getting enough rest is just as important as sticking to a healthy diet. And it’s also usually the first thing to go when our lives get busy. But without proper sleep, our minds and bodies cannot recover and regenerate like they need to. If you need to change your schedule and routine to get the recommended seven to nine hours, do it. Also, if you work out in the evening, make sure you allow for a couple hours to cool down between the end of your workout and bedtime. You’ll notice instant improvements to how you feel and perform everyday tasks when you’re on a solid sleep schedule.
Make sure you enjoy your workouts.
You probably know all about the benefits of physical fitness. After all, hardly anyone would work out if there weren’t so many perks. However, the benefits alone are typically not enough to sustain a fitness routine for the long haul. At some point, you have to actually enjoy working out. So, unless you’re one of the rare people who love exercising just for exercising, you need to find a form of physical activity that you don’t dread every day when you wake up. Find something that’s fun for you — whether it’s running, lifting weights, swimming,HIIT, racquetball, or something else.
Keep your priorities in line.
It’s important to take your exercise seriously if you want to stay consistent with it. But don’t let it rule your life. For instance, if a conflict comes up, and you have to choose between making it to your child’s piano recital and doing squats at your 6 pm CrossFit class, go to the recital. Your workouts, especially if you enjoy them, will be there for you later. Furthermore, if plans fall through one day and you have to choose between sleep and exercise, get your sleep. Exercise won’t do you any good if your body and mind haven’t had adequate time to recover.
Even if you’re a master at physical fitness, you can only get so healthy without practicing self-care. Remember to find a good, healthy diet and take steps to stick to it. Prioritize sleep in your schedule, because you won’t function well without it. Make sure you actually enjoy your workouts, and learn how to take them seriously without letting them rule your life. Don’t let the lack of self-care hold you back from reaching your full potential.
By: Shelia Olson
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