Meet Josie, a dedicated mother of two, a loving spouse, and a full-time professional. Her days are filled with responsibilities, and she often longs for a moment of solitude.
Then there’s Joe, a hardworking lawyer who puts in long hours, occasionally working weekends, and cherishes quality time with his family.
And let’s not forget Sam, who devotes extensive time and attention to her elderly parents, accompanying them to doctor’s appointments and regularly checking in on them.
Chances are, you can relate to one of these scenarios in some way. We all lead busy lives and give a lot to others. But deep down, we all have the capacity to make time for ourselves. It’s simply a matter of taking that step.
The concept of self-care is akin to the airline industry’s approach. In an emergency, oxygen masks descend, and you’re instructed to secure your own mask before assisting others. Any other approach would leave you unable to help anyone effectively.
Similarly, neglecting your health and fitness, your body’s engine, will eventually leave you running on empty. Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself literally gasping for breath.
When was the last time you paused to assess your self-care routine?
Consider your exercise regimen. Did you abandon the gym you joined last New Year’s Day? Block out a specific time in your schedule, treating it like a doctor’s appointment. Reconnect with your fitness journey. It’s never too late.
Do you have a structured exercise plan in place? What about your recovery routine? Remember, the true gains from exercise come during periods of rest. Schedule a massage, attend a yoga class, or simply set aside some quiet time. Mark it on your calendar. Treat it like an appointment.
Now, let’s talk about your diet. Could it benefit from some adjustments? Incorporate wholesome meals into your routine as much as possible. Start with one and build from there. If you need guidance, there are resources available to assist you.
Especially during the holiday season, it’s easy to sideline self-care. Our homes are bustling, social gatherings are aplenty, and stress levels soar. However, now more than ever, prioritizing self-care is crucial. Elevating physical activity, reducing mental stress, and embracing mindful eating are essential for supporting both mental and physical well-being. These practices also help in preventing illness and expediting recovery if we do fall ill.
Take out your planner. Set aside time for yourself (we offer a variety of classes throughout the week).
Remember, to be better at life, start by being better to yourself first.