I have come to really enjoy the process of taking care of myself. I found a rhythm by testing various forms of care and eventually creating a positive cycle of actions that never fail to lift me up. I also like myself more. I know that I am someone I can trust…sounds kinda funny, but it’s absolutely true.
Exercise, healthy eating, sleep, and hygiene are basic self-care behaviors that we as a society take for granted. Here is my take on how being intentional with these things brings a tremendous sense of well being.
Exercise – There’s nothing like a great runner’s high on a Saturday morning to prep my mind and body for a fun and productive weekend. Find your go-to workout, but be open to other options as well!
Healthy Eating – I’ve learned to love cooking and deliberately choosing the food I eat. It is so satisfying to gather up a bunch of ingredients and slowly combine them together into a meal you make just for myself and/or loved ones. I am always working towards maximizing my fruit and veggie intake, while minimizing and cutting out anything and everything processed or with ingredients I don’t know.
Sleep – Last year, I started writing down my bed and wake times. I’ve since collected significant data and discovered my tendencies and peak hours. I now have an established sleep schedule that I try to stick to. We all know how much sleep affects our days, so why not make it a priority and take the time to figure out the best routine for our life?
Hygiene – Never underestimate the power of basic hygiene. It’s common knowledge that by keeping your body and living spaces clean, you will feel happier and more confident. So don’t forget it! Cleaning feels like drudgery, but the payoff is so much greater than the temporary discomfort. Moreover, a disorganized workspace is a disorganized mind. That’s a good thing if you’re, say, brainstorming new ideas. It’s bad long-term, however, because ideas are ultimately useless without action, for which organization is necessary.
Self-care is little choices throughout the day that ultimately culminate into a big sense of well being. When you don’t take care of yourself, your body and mind start reaching for the closest relief – and that’s never a good thing.
Imagine all your needs are met, you slept great last night, and you have a belly full of nutritious food…your body and mind are fully present here and now…you can reach beyond your needs to your dreams, and create a prosperous future ahead.
You’ve heard it all a million times and you already know what to do. So go do it! You’ll thank me – and more importantly, yourself – later!
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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