Taking Care of You
Taking care of you is a necessity and I will share with you a few reasons why and how to do it. Let me begin with telling you about 3 women who recently shared their health concerns with me.
These very busy women are also moms, with diverse background stories yet they have one goal in common. That common goal is that they decided that they must adapt a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few snippets from their stories to explain why.
One feared the possibility of stroke because of her strong family history and her current lifestyle. She is concerned that if she suffered a stroke her quality of life would be unbearable and she wouldn’t be a part of her young son’s life.
The next woman didn’t want obesity to stop her from being an active part of the life of her son and daughter. She tells me that she is all they have. If she can’t take care of them, then who will?
Lastly, this busy mom reported that she worried that she would die if she didn’t do something to improve her health. She was struggling to overcome several health problems, including obesity and diabetes. She reports that she doesn’t want her child to grow up without a mother.
The wake up call
These women are all successful in their professions, manage their homes well, and each are great parents and spouses. Yet, they spend most of their day taking care of everyone and everything else except themselves.
It was a wake up call when each finally realized how life could be for their family if they didn’t start to focus on their own health.
I challenge you to stop right now and imagine your life if you stay on your current track in managing your health. If it doesn’t involve you living your healthiest and best quality of life, please read the next steps very closely. Maybe this is your wake up call. Is it time that you start taking care of you?
Your health matters to your family and this is what you can do
5 Steps to Taking Care of you
Schedule an appointment with your health care provider. It is important to ensure you don’t have any health risk factors that you aren’t aware of. Make sure you report any symptoms you have and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Be active. Every day make activity a priority. 30 minutes a day five days a week is a standard recommendation for activity. By the way you can break the time into smaller intervals if that better fits your schedule.
Reduce Stress. Take time out for yourself everyday. Even a few minutes of meditation or deep breathing is a quick and easy way to release stress.
Choose healthy food options. Adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your snacks and meals is a great way to get started. Also, reduce fatty foods and sugars. A good way to do this is to prepare your own meals and limit restaurants and vending machines.
Make time for what you enjoy. Make a list of things that you enjoy doing. Each week choose 2 or more of them to complete, and then do them! Make yourself a priority on these days.
Don’t stop here
These 5 steps to taking care of you are intended to help you be all the things you want to be for yourself and the people you love. Start with this list, but I challenge you to add to it to fit your needs. If you need help, contact me and let’s develop a plan for you.