3 Musts to Make Extreme Self-Care a Priority
If we don’t have our health what do we have? Sadly many of us neglect our physical body. We take for granted this amazing God given vessel we are given. We abuse it with poor nutrition, lack of exercise, limited sleep and chronic stress. We are over-worked, stressed and exhausted and our body takes the brunt of this go, go, go mentality.
I would like to propose a new possibility for our health and taking care of our body. One where we treat our body as precious, because it is. It’s the only one we are going to get in this life time, so treat it with tender loving care.
What if we made our physical health one of our top priorities in our life? What if we made it a non-negotiable to take care of our health and fitness by moving more, eating better, sleeping more and managing stress? How would your life be different? How would you feel? Imagine a life full of energy. Imagine a life where you look, feel and perform better. It’s right at your fingertips with a few small changes.
MAKE A COMMITMENT
Everything starts with making a decision. A decision to get healthy. Once you decide then it’s just a matter of having an effective strategy in place. But nothing happens until you decide to act. Often times the hardest part is just getting started. It’s taking that first step.
Fear of failure is the thing that most often holds us back. But there is no such thing as failure if you have a growth mindset, meaning that you can’t fail, you can only learn. So be bold and courageous and make that commitment to get healthy.
MAKE YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS A TOP PRIORITY
The number one excuse people make for not taking care of themselves is lack of time. What I have learned is that it’s not a time management issue it’s a priority management issue. We make time for what’s important and what is more important than our health?
Exercise and eating healthy has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I find time to do some level of physical exercise almost daily. I make an appointment with myself every day to take care of my body. I know I am a much better person physically, mentally and spiritually because I practice extreme self-care daily.
MAKE IT BIGGER THAN YOURSELF
I know the better I take care of myself, the better I will be able to give to others. Carving time out for ourselves isn’t selfish at all. In fact being healthy and full of energy is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and others. When you make it more than about a number on a scale or the way you look, health and fitness takes on a completely different meaning.
One of my clients who has struggled with his health and energy for many years has completely transformed his perspective on why he exercises. He said it has changed his relationship with his family. They now go do outdoor activities such as hiking, bike riding or kayaking on a regular basis. Before he didn’t have the energy to do any of those things. His renewed health and vitality is having an impact on his family. Focus on the big picture and all of a sudden exercise and eating healthy takes on a whole new meaning.
Make a commitment to yourself that you are going to practice extreme self-care. Make it a top priority in your life and realize it will have a bigger impact on the people around you then you think. Take a chance on yourself and move towards getting in the best shape of your life.
Troy Ismir, MS