Let's take a look at lifestyle for explanation and commit to making small significant long term changes that will guarantee lasting and big results. As a health advocate and chronic pain specialist I take a look at the whole person and work with them to create a healthier and more vital life. Many conversations lead directly to self care or the lack of self care. The misconception of self care is that it is selfish and self indulgent, when actually self care is necessary to handle the stress and challenges of our modern day live.
Self care is not selfish, self care is discipline. Self care requires a tough mindedness, a deep and personal understanding of ones priorities, and a respect for both yourself and the people you choose to spend your life with. If we are hones, self care can be boring.
You're probably asking why is self care a discipline? It is a discipline to do the things that are good for us instead of what feels good in the moment. It takes even more discipline to refuse to take responsibility for other people's emotional well being. And it takes discipline to take complete and full responsibility for our own well being.
Self care is also a discipline because it is not something you can do once or once in a while when the week seems so overwhelming and crazy busy. It is what we do each and every day, every week, month in and month out. It is taking care of yourself in a way that doesn't require you to "indulge" in order to restore balance. It's making the commitment to stay healthy and balanced as a regular practice.
Self care is the best investment you can make in yourself. You are WORTH it!
As the New Year dawns you can expect more on self care and the benefits of caring for yourself. We were given this one body. It is possible to make simple consistent changes in your lifestyle to assure you of a healthier and more vital life. A healthier and more vital life to enjoy family and friends for years to come. Looking forward to a healthier and vital year one day at a time!
Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!