Self care is something we should all make time for, and just like your mobile phone, we need to re-charge and re-fresh in order to perform at our best.
As we get older, our bodies change, and there is no point hiding away from this fact. Someone recently suggested food intolerance testing to me as they knew I had been suffering with some pain, and I can honestly say this is something that I had never considered previously.
A local lady was recommended, and off I went, fairly sceptical, and fairly sure that nothing would come of the testing, however… I found out within the space of an hour that I’m intolerant to gluten and dairy. What the actual… since when… why now… does this mean I have to give up my favourite foods? She went through a list of foods I should no longer eat, and a list of minerals that I needed to think about taking, and off I went with my booklet stuffed into my pocket. It was a sad day…
On the way home I felt a range of emotions, pros and cons, the pro being that maybe I would be healthier now if I followed her guidance, the con being that I had to change my diet immediately.
Over the weeks that followed, I cut out dairy with no problems at all, but the gluten wasn’t so easy. Not only were the gluten free products fairly limited, but they were also more expensive, and they tasted like cardboard. I rebelled, I told myself that I could cut down slightly but not completely, but who was I kidding…
This experience also made me take a look at the other areas of my daily life, and how I had been looking after myself, could I make any improvements?
Sleep, nutrition, and hydration were all things I needed to work on, as without these, our minds and bodies have no chance at all. I know so many people who don’t sleep well, and don’t stay hydrated, and we all have headaches in common, as well as daily brain fuzz when we are literally incapable of thinking of anything productive. My point is…these three things are so simple in managing our own self care, and if we can all get these three things right, we will be on the right track for maintaining a healthy body and mind. We don’t need expensive gyms, personal trainers, diets etc. we need to start with the basics, and then let the rest follow.
Self care means giving yourself permission to pause, and self care is how you take your power back. Make sure you set aside time each week to pause, and let yourself rest. Remember this… it’s ok to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Take some time out, and then re-focus, and learn how to rest properly, rather than learning how to quit.