Jul 28, 2017

Taking care of you

Live hard, play hard. It has become a mantra for many.

With pressures on us from all angles to be a better employee, a better parent, a better child, a better friend, you can quickly find that, while there may just be enough hours in a day to please everybody else, the only person who ends up short changed is yourself.

There is much talk of achieving a work life balance. But what about a me/you balance?

Research is increasingly showing that those who put their own health and wellbeing at the top of their life agendas are enjoying better health, fewer illnesses and are less likely to suffer from obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes.  

So, if you are guilty of putting your needs to the bottom of the pile, here are a few top tips and ways in which you can ‘take care of you’.

Feed your mind

We often become so preoccupied with our diet and exercise that we forget the mind is an equally important part of our physical wellbeing. Just as eating the wrong foods can affect your mood, how you think and behave can affect your physical health just as much.

It may seem a huge cliché, but the first and most important step to achieving this is to adopt a positive mind set. To help do this, read positive material, be assertive and stand up for yourself, find ways to keep learning and expand your own knowledge. A busy and challenged mind often finds no place for negativity.

Feed your soul

Tell someone to feed their soul and their mind will probably flit to thoughts of yoga and meditation – which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. However, feeding your soul isn’t just about “finding zen”, it is about taking time to enjoy the small things in life.

Whether it’s a long walk through the countryside, sitting in a park or relaxing in a quiet spot with a good book, the real importance behind feeding your soul is in taking some time to just be yourself, by yourself, and to take life at a slower pace. Don’t be afraid to be selfish. It’s healthier in the long run.

Finesse your food

What we put in our mouths has a direct impact on how we feel. Alcohol and caffeine prove that point perfectly. So, if these stimulants can influence our physiology, why wouldn’t broccoli or lemons?

Nutritionists have long spoken about the importance of ‘good mood foods’ and getting a good balance of nutrients into your diet. The body is a complicated machine which requires a variety of vitamins and minerals to keep it running effectively. And we should be looking to achieve a balance in each meal we eat. The Eatwell Guide is based on the main food groups that, together, provide a healthy, balanced diet.

Planning your meals will also help you to keep track of what you are eating and when.

Fight for fitness

It’s often the case that exercise is the first thing to go out of the window when we are busy or stressed.

But, however tempting it may be to postpone that walk, run or gym session for someone or something else, don’t forget the impact physical exercise has on your overall health.

Apart from helping to stave off the likes of heart disease and pre-diabetes, exercise is a sure-fire way of improving your mood. The endorphins released during exercise have even been said to reduce pain as they interact with the pain receptors in your brain.

You don’t need to dedicate hours to a demanding gym routine. In fact, it is far more beneficial to undertake a 20 minute fat burn workout than go for a hour long run.

Life change now…

It is important to remember that the human body is one giant machine. The fuel we use, servicing we carry out and hours we operate all have a direct effect on how long the machine will run for before breaking down.

The pressures of modern life can get in the way, and we can neglect our own needs. The secret is in changing old habits, because it’s never too late.

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