Looking after yourself is easier than you think

When you are the one that looks after everyone and everything you tend to put yourself last on the list of priorities. But if you are not fit, healthy and relaxed, you can’t give your best self to others.

This is the one thing that I struggle with the most. I have always had reasonable health and it wasn’t until my health was knocked out from under me that I truly understood how important it was. I was lucky that I found a way to head in the right direction with my health and am now much better than I was, but I am still not working at 100%.

There is a feeling of guilt when looking after yourself because we are under so many pressures and expectations from others that we often put ourselves and well being last on the list, something that we will get to later. And we are the only ones that we need to be accountable to about that, so it is easy to let slide.

And it seems like such an obvious thing – looking after yourself. but it is also such an easy thing not to do. So this video is going to talk about what it means to look after you.

Exercise is a great way to look after yourself and also to increase your well being. It has been scientifically proven that exercise help you to think more positively. Exercise can help to alleviate depression, it increases your mental abilities, boosts your immune system,  and helps with stress and sleep disorders. There are lots of scientific evidence of this so if you want to know more go ask google. But make sure you use websites that are reliable sources of info

Stay hydrated. It’s amazing how something as simple as drinking enough water each day can slip our mind.

Have a regular check up with your Doctor. We often forget to get a check up with blood tests and the like every now and then. Medicines have come far and if something is going wrong in our system it is better to know early then leave it. And listen to the body. Notice changes and do something about it if you do.

Eat a balanced diet. Eat how you want to eat. If you want to go on a diet, then do so. If you don’t then just be sensible about eating. If you are finding that you are overeating, then look at what might be causing you to do this and this also goes for those of you that skip meals.  Eating regularly is important for your metabolism. Sometimes weight problems can be physical and sometimes it can be some other reason that caused you to overeat. If  you have a weight problem look at what might be causing it.

Sleep is something that we have covered in another part of the program. Making sure that you get enough sleep and rest is so important. if you don’t, make it a priority to train yourself to do so.

Addictions can be a perfect sign that you are not looking after yourself. Overeating, too much alcohol, smoking, gambling, coffee, drugs, chocolate, anything that you find yourself craving can be an addiction. An addiction is often a coping mechanism and can be used to start doing some soul searching and self-discovery.

Stay Curious: Curiosity is important. life long learning will help keep your mind healthy and your spirit and well being looked after. Following you interests and making time for yourself to investigate new adventures and learnings is so very important. It is what will keep you young and heart. Also, Play. Don’t forget to have some fun. All work and no play is not a good thing for anybody.

I often use the saying “put your own oxygen mask on before helping others” as it is one of my favorite sayings. I need to use this saying to remind myself of this regularly. I love to give and help others. But if I am not at my best I can’t give them my best. It’s like in our money section when we say to pay yourself first. We need to do the same with health and wellbeing, make sure you are healthy and well first, then look after others. Make Health one of your values in life.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha.

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/psychiatristssupportservice/informationguides/lookingafteryourself.aspx

https://hbr.org/2008/09/why-its-not-selfish-to-take-ca.html

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