Taking care of ourselves, whatever our age, is something many of us talk about. However, making that first step can be difficult and can even feel impossible sometimes. There are so many really good reasons why we can’t make it to the gym, join that dance class or even meet up with friends. Improving our diet in this busy, hectic world can also be a step too far. The abundance of fast food and convenience meals can be seen as a welcome help at the end of a busy day.
So let’s find a way to become more proactive. Let’s think about small steps to begin with and let’s give ourselves a short time line. You can feel better in just one month- it’s true!
Start with your morning. You may be going to work, or on the school run. If you’re jumping into the car, then stop and consider a walk. If you are using public transport then maybe get off one stop early. If you have a more leisurely start to your day, treat yourself to a gentle walk after breakfast. Just walk around the block to start with. As the days go on, find a longer and more interesting route. This will give you health-boosting energy from daylight and hopefully some sunshine! Vitamin D is an essential part of well-being. If this sun isn’t out, however, maybe consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.
Feeling better is often about your state of mind. We are encouraged to deal with our physical self, and often our emotional and spiritual selves can be neglected. Think about how you ‘self-talk’ to yourself, that inner voice we communicate with all our waking moments. Try and listen to what you are saying to yourself. When you hear those negative, self-defeating phrases then give yourself a positive talking to. Maybe try to find five minutes a day to sit quietly and practise this. You may find yourself exploring the benefits of meditation can help you improve your well-being. Another thing to consider learning about is the law of attraction. But what is the law of attraction, you ask? It is basically all about of focusing on feeling good and attracting good things your way.
Find the time to visit your Doctors too. You may be surprised at how many services they now offer. They can offer support with diet, exercise, stopping smoking as well as general health checks. Some can even offer complimentary health options including acupuncture.
Try and avoid comparing yourself to others. How you feel and how you can improve this, is an individual journey with your own personal goals. Be realistic and honest with yourself, this is about you improving your well-being and outlook on life. Be kind to yourself and celebrate every single success. That might be a walk in the evening, or five minutes quiet to reflect and renew. Or it might be a new recipe that only took as long as that microwave meal you have been relying on!