Self-Care and Your Health — Make Them a Top Priority Today

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Your health is in your hands.

Your health is the foundation of your well-being.

And yet, finding time to stay healthy isn’t always the first thing on your to-do list.

How often do you put other things ahead of health and self-care?

Just pause and think about it. Whether it’s planning, preparing, and eating healthy meals, getting enough rest, getting exercise, tending to health issues, or finding time to relax, don’t these things often get bumped to the bottom of your priority list?

Observing your behavior, without judgment, gives you a clear picture of your priorities. And once you have clarity, you are in a position to make changes.

Schedule healthy activities…

In my coaching practice, my clients often speak about their struggles to find the time to support their health and maintain a self-nurturing schedule. They talk about how good they feel when they are on track. They say they have more energy, feel more focused, and are significantly more productive.  So, why is it so hard to maintain a solid self-care schedule?

Well, sometimes people think of self-care as a self-indulgence. I think that is quite often one of the reasons that your health and self-care get set aside. Women, in particular, are socialized to put their needs and wants second. This makes it all the more likely that a commitment to exercise or meditate or relax will lose out to someone else’s demand or need.

So that’s why it’s so important to make a specific, concrete schedule that includes your healthy activities.

Your Health is Your Responsibility

I encourage people to begin to view self-care as a responsibility rather than an indulgence. In fact, it is your primary responsibility — the most basic and fundamental one that you have. When you find the time and take the time to care for yourself you enhance your ability to be responsive to whatever life brings your way.

Finding time for self-care is a matter of:

  • Identifying what you need,
  • Figuring out how much time you need to do it, and then
  • Creating the time boundaries that will give you the space to care for yourself.

And if you’re not used to creating and maintaining time boundaries, this will be a challenge at the start. It represents a big change, both for you and for those around you. So, don’t worry if it feels strange at first. Keep plugging away — you’ll get there.

Remember, your health is your most fundamental responsibility. Everything else springs from that — the quality of your connections, the quality of your time, and the quality of your life.

Do you feel like you find the time you need to take care of your self? What kinds of changes would you like to make? Drop me a line or write a comment here — I’d love to hear from you.

This will help you, too…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar to many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights, and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click this link.

Let’s explore time together…

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