Self-Care Part 1
Another Side to Nutrition | Self-Care
There is a whole other side to nutrition . . . yes, eating well is important, but so is self care. Making time to reflect, restore and rebuild is key for your mind as well as your body.
Prolonged amounts of stress and elevated cortisol levels can negatively affect the body potentially leading to decreased immune function, learning and memory issues and well as numerous additional diseases and long-term issues.
We’ll be talking about simple self-care tips that you can incorporate into your daily life:
- Meditate, do deep breathing for five minutes, or go for a run or light jog.
- Say exactly what you mean; don’t be a people pleaser.
- Eat green daily; avoid emotional eating.
- Trust your instincts; stop overthinking.
- Never speak bad about yourself.
- Laugh heartily at least once a day.
- Never give up on your dreams.
- Learn to say no; don’t be afraid to say yes.
- Be kind to yourself; take a break when you need it.
- Let go of what you can’t control; journal about it to release.
- Stay away from drama & negativity; choose who you spend time with.
Don’t put it off implementing self-care for the next weekend, specific holiday or new year…it may never be the right time. Start today and be regular; it won’t take long before you begin to see the difference!
It may seem impossible to take time for yourself…it may feel selfish, you many have a long list of tasks to complete, or you may feel as though you failed if you take time for yourself.
None of the above statements are true! Even if you are a caretaker for your children, parents, or someone else…YOU are number one!
Think about it…if you are not functioning at 100% how can you care for others well? You can’t!
If you are not 100% how can you make it through the month, week, day…without being burnt out?
Running yourself ragged is not the answer (I can tell you that first hand)! It can truly lead to a variety of issues that I’ve expressed in my Wellness Journey Blog. If you continue to internalize stress, without a proper relaxation outlet, your body will not respond well and may begin to have reactions such as GI issues, brain fog, mood swings…etc.
I’ve had to schedule breaks into my day, put my work away after a certain time, and block off entire days on my calendar for “me days.”
Making time for yourself is key! Find an activity that you enjoy… something that really helps you to relax and decompress. That can look different for everyone; it may be jogging, weight lifting, yoga, reading, watching a comedy, a bubble bath, or going for a walk. Whatever your destress practice is…make sure you make time for it!
As an entrepreneur…I know it is difficult to put work aside when you go home, but the work life balance is essential for mental clarity as well as long-term heath!
We’ll keep this self-care conversation going over the next few weeks! I’d love to here from all of you as to how you practice self-care on the Wellness Cucina FB page.