For every day you manage to walk this planet, there are people that you are accountable for. If you have children, you are someone who matters to them. If you have a partner, your emotional and physical health and wellbeing will be important to them. Your family, friends and even colleagues are all people who care about your well being, and unless you learn to take care of yourself, you can’t be the best person you could be for those people in your life.
Taking care of yourself means more than just curling up with a good book every now and then. Sure, it’s a great escape from the real world, but it’s not going to keep you physically healthy. You need to be vigilant about everything in your life, including the way you look after your body. This means watching your weight so that you don’t put yourself at higher risk of heart or cholesterol issues. It also means regular check-ups with your doctor and SkinHealth UK so that you can ensure your overall health is in check. The last thing you need is to realise it’s been too long between appointments and an illness has developed in the meantime. It’s important to know how else you can take care of yourself, if not for those in your life, but for your own well being:
Starting your day with a hot water with fresh lemon is going to make a huge difference to your digestive system. Staying away from coffee and too much tea may feel like an impossibility, but did you know that water can give you the same boost as caffeine, and hydrate your brain at the same time? Well, now you do!
If you spend a lot of your meals downing junk food and food that is high in fat and sugar, then you will end up feeling the effects via sluggishness, exhaustion and a distinctive ‘hangover’ feeling. Sticking to food that is green, basic and wholesome is going to change everything. The energy your body draws from fruit, vegetables, and meat is going to keep you sustained and the benefits are endless.
A big part of taking care of yourself is making that time to read the book, to take the walk and to generally be up and about. The stress of family life and work can mean that you are constantly running on empty, but just as with anything, you need to be able to recharge and focus. Take the time to do those things, and you don’t have to burn out.
So much is unknown about the brain, but if there is one thing that is certain, it’s that it has the power to make or break you. Thinking happy thoughts can reflect out of you and onto everyone around you. Constantly harbouring negative thoughts and sad thoughts can mean you are suffering. Make yourself repeat affirmations throughout the day so that you can effectively convince yourself that you are happy as you are.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.