Take A Holistic Approach To Self Care
Sometimes, you just need a change. Whether it’s giving yourself a fresh look, taking up a new hobby, starting a healthy eating regime, or even reimagining your professional future, it all starts with a first step. iSmart Nutrition can offer you ways to practice self care while maximizing fitness!
Fuel Your Body Well
For many people, the first step on a holistic wellness journey starts by evaluating what goes into your body. Processed high-fat, high-sugar, and sodium-laden foods tend to make you feel sluggish, bloated and tired, and can lead to weight gain and even health issues. Get yourself on a good nutritional path by eating whole foods, consuming less caffeine and alcohol, and drinking more water.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, choose fresh produce and lean meats, and stay away from fast foods. You can accomplish this by shopping at farmer’s markets and health food stores, meal planning, and by taking your lunch to work. Also keep in mind, while fad diets may work in the short-term, they’re not typically effective over the long-term. If you’re unsure how to eat healthy, consult a registered dietitian for advice.
Start An Exercise Routine
Some people get turned off by the idea of committing to a conventional physical routine, so take up a form of activity that’s enjoyable to you that you’ll look forward to. Move your favorite binge watching from the couch to an exercise bike or treadmill; join a community sports league; enroll in a salsa or tap-dancing class; learn to play racquetball; or join a gym that offers a wide range of group fitness programs you can attend solo, or with friends.
Shape online notes that doing something fun and engaging makes getting into the habit of being physically active that much easier. Tap a friend or family member as an exercise buddy if you need accountability, and if it’s been awhile since you stepped up exercise, get a quick physical in advance of starting on anything too strenuous.
Do you spend all of your time taking care of others? If so, it’s imperative that you intentionally carve out time that’s devoted strictly to self-care. Set up a standing date with yourself where you pencil in things you enjoy doing. Maybe it’s a nature hike every Sunday morning, a classic movie every Friday evening, or a long lunch with a friend in the middle of the week. Perhaps you’d enjoy a spa treatment once a month while your house is being tidied by a cleaning company, or a few hours of solitude to read and meditate or browse local antique shops and thrift stores.
Whatever you do, resist the urge to cancel on yourself. Keeping these “you” dates will reenergize you, clear your mind, and allow you to be more present and engaged in your personal and professional life. You’ll even get better rest, which can lead to increased productivity!
Reduce Your Stress
According to Healthline, while always easier said than done, reducing stressors and removing yourself from toxic situations can work wonders on your outlook, and on your personal health and wellbeing. If work is feeling overwhelming, unchallenging, or unfulfilling, it might be time to look for a new career path.
Think about going back to school and studying online for your MBA. Online education offerings allow you to work where you want, when you want, so you can successfully balance work, family, and home. A degree program like an MBA can teach you entrepreneurial and people management skills, economics and operational functions, and help you hone your leadership abilities. Look for schools that are accredited and offer competitive tuition rates before making a decision.
When you’re used to managing everything for everyone, the concept of self-care can feel foreign. However, you deserve to look and feel your best and embrace all life has to offer. Don’t wait. Start today.
Written by Kim Thomas
Kim’s mission is to help others embrace a health lifestyle and triumph over unneeded suffering.
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