I got all fired up this week to add something new to my morning self care routine and it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I can’t seem to add anything else and be really consistent about it. I feel pulled to get to the computer or clean something or whatever… anything but the walk, yoga, or quiet garden time I need.
And by 3:00pm, I’m dragging my feet and my motivation and snacking decisions go all haywire. Enter potato chips or dark chocolate. Sneaky bastards.
Can you relate?
Why do I have so much more consistent motivation to help others, to do my work, or to do just about anything other than my self care? Why can’t I put myself first, just a little, every day?
I decided to come up with 3 good reasons to motivate my self care habit, even if I have to restart over and over. See of these might work for you.
While researching information for my recent “7 Ways To Create A Thriving Health And Wellness Practice”, I came across this information:
A study published in the journal, Population Health Management, shows that eating unhealthily is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity, while rare exercise is linked with a 50 percent increased risk of low productivity.
This has been a really motivating piece of news for me, because I’m all about productivity. And I sometimes tell myself I can’t exercise or eat right because I’m too busy being productive. Now I know the truth!
2. DISEASE PREVENTION
I’ve reached the age where my friends are having heart attacks, getting cancer, and being told they’re on the verge of getting diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthier lifestyle, including lots of movement, good food, and low stress, prevents arthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes and other immune-mediated illnesses.
I need to remind myself often that this information applies to me and not just other people. I can’t keep saying “tomorrow” when I think about changing something. NOW is all I have.
3. PRACTICAL PROOF
I’ve lived in this bodymind long enough to know that when I eat well, move my body, sleep enough, and laugh often, I feel happy, motivated, and energized. I’m much more creative and I’m fun to be around. And I like that person! When I overeat, work too hard, or don’t move too much, I feel like crap.
It really does take a village, so watch for the upcoming FREE Challenge from me and BeWell Associates to help you get your self care back on track.
All My Best,