Obviously taking care of yourself is the most important part of any self health care plan. I think it is important to define what it means to take care of yourself. Does the definition work for you? Are you healthier because of your self care plan? What do you use to measure your health status? So on, and so forth.
Here is a simple plan:
- 1.Eliminate foods with partially hydrogenated oils, MSG, refined sugars especially high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store–you’ll eliminate much of the above and fresher is better. Drink when you’re thirsty, don’t drink when you’re not thirsty. Eat when you’re hungry, don’t eat when you’re not hungry. Spread the 3 square meals to 5 to 8 smaller meals–stuffing yourself is harmful to your digestion. What you do to your stomach, your stomach will do to you.
- 2.Exercise everyday for an hour. You have the time for you; 7 out of 168 hours in a week. Mix it up, i.e. strength one day cardio the next; using short bursts of sprinting. For example, if you like to swim, vary your pace with sprints until you tire and then slow down to recover, I find the gym boring so I’ll ride my bike, play tennis, or swim. You might or might not like going to a gym, find someone to exercise with and where ever–it’s just more fun. We are provided a lot of “hinges” in our bodies so that we can move, if they’re not moved they get “rusty”.
- 3.Get enough sleep. Our bodies and minds need sleep, duh. Find the honest number of hours that allows you to wake rested and refreshed. Going to sleep and waking at the same time with regularity is important.
Many people have difficulty staying with a self care plan, there is a lot of help out there. Access to help can be time and money consuming, but if you can get additional help–you are worth every penny.