As I’m writing this, I sit waiting for my dad to come out of surgery. I’m a worrier by nature so of course I’m nervous. It doesn’t help that my dad could be in better health. He’s an older man with hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. While he’s not doing as bad as he could be, which I think he takes that for granted, he could be doing much better.
Being here today makes me feel so thankful for my health and the health of my family. I may not be as healthy as I can be but I do make a conscious effort every day to do better. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s being sick or feeling ill. It always makes me feel like I’ve let myself down. I can’t be the only one. Am I? Like, a year or two ago when I had to get my first cavity filled. All those years of life and no cavities until then. I was so sad. I felt like I was to blame. Well, I was to blame but it brought to my attention that I had taken for granted my oral health. It was a reminder that I needed to up the ante and not only with my oral hygiene but my overall health. Self-care is so important especially as you get older. It gets so much more important to take time for yourself. I believe it supersedes a lot of things in life but is always overlooked. Your physical health is so important. Your mental health is SO important!
I’m no doctor or specialist of any kind but there are a few things that I try to maintain in order to ensure a healthy, happy me.
Drink water Sure juice and sodas are delicious but be sure to hydrate yourself with some water in between. Add some fruit to a glass of water to give it some interest. Whatever you gotta do, do it. Drinking water has so many benefits like lubricating your joints, helping with your digestion, and more. I mean, when I don’t drink enough water I can definitely feel it in my body so I’m gonna assume it’s doing some good things in me.
Eat well This goes hand-in-hand with drinking water. Eating well does good things for your body. Period. If you put junk in, you’ll feel that way eventually. If you eat well, you’ll feel well.
Get enough rest The other morning I greeted my awesome friend with a hello text and asked her if she had gotten enough sleep (she chose sleep over video chatting me but I’ll let that pass). She responded, “nope, I fell asleep early and slept for 12 hours.” I literally cracked up laughing because who gets 12 hours of sleep and still doesn’t think that’s enough?! Now 12 hours is lucky, but it is important for you to get enough sleep on a nightly basis. Lack of sleep can lead to a load of issues that no one really needs or wants, especially if it can all be avoided with a few Z’s.
Destress Now, going along with sleep is making sure you keep you stress levels as low as possible. Try to destress as often as you can in whatever way works for you. Whether that’s sleeping, meditating, chatting with someone, writing, exercising—do it! Your mental health is very important. Life is crazy, I get it, but when you’re thrown lemons, be Yoncé.
As I said, I’m no doctor or professional when it comes to health and fitness, I do what works for me and you should do the same for yourself. Take time to get to know your body and how it reacts to certain things. Fine tune your routines and diet to benefit YOU. This is one time when being selfish is completely okay. Take care of yourself, seriously. You’ll be so glad when you do.
What do you do in terms of self care?