We always hear how important it is that we take care of ourselves, yet most of us don’t know what that means. Some of us have no idea how to take care of ourselves or what good self-care is….
I thought that today we could map it out together and begin to get some idea of what self care means. For starters it is simply to take care of yourself. We will look at four areas: diet, emotions, social interaction and sleep. We can look at our own self-care in much the same way as we look at caring for a small child. We make sure that children eat their fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. We need to be sure that we get our servings of fresh fruits and vegetables along with our daily recommended intake of water.
Next comes the one that most of us really struggle with and have little to no idea of what it rally means, this is emotionally healthy. Most of us can point to the emotionally unhealthy but don’t have the skills to look at our own unhealthy way with emotions let alone do something about it. It’s okay, because today we are going to look into the idea of emotional intelligence and how to get more emotionally healthy so that we are sure we are doing good self care.
Human beings are very relational beings. We have the need to relate and to be around others that are healthy, happy and good for us. Those of us that are or have raised kids, know the importance of making sure that your kids are getting out and being social. We schedule play dates for toddlers and enroll our kids into pre-school so that they will not be lonely. It’s just as important that we adults get out and do social things that are fun and encouraging for us. If we run into a social situation that is unhealthy for us, we need to remove ourselves just like we would if it was unhealthy for a child.
Finally we will look at sleep. We adults on average need 7-9 hours of sleep to function at our optimal level. So I will leave you with 4 simple places to focus on so you can begin to feel good, better or your best.
Here is your challenge for the next 7 days:
- Increase your intake of water and increase your intake of fruits and vegetable
- Google Emotional Intelligence and do at least 2 worksheets this week
- Plan at lease 1 fun thing with a group or someone you are close with.. see a movie, meet for coffee, go for a hike etc.
- Start a nightly ritual for sleep, use the restroom, take shower read a book, some sort of routine before bed each night so your brain starts to wind down and be sure you plan your night so you are able to get your 7-9 hours of sleep
*Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before making the change.