If you follow me on Facebook you know I just spent a few days in Miami for a little downtime. I was feeling super-overwhelmed with work and life. I realized that in the last year and a half since my dad got sick and then passed in November I hadn’t taken any time off to just “be”.
So I decided to practice what I preach about Self-Care and take a few days off ( though I did do about 4 hours worth of client calls the Friday I was there) to “re-charge my batteries” by just taking care of me and being on a Lisa schedule. My happy place is on the beach by the ocean. I find it so centering and calming. My dream is to one day have a house or apartment on the water. Upon my return I feel better rested, I’m more productive and even my friends are commenting on how refreshed I look. Of course having a little color in your face never hurts for that refreshed look. 🙂
So why am I sharing this with you?
Because I believe self-care is a necessity. Not just for your mental health but your physical health as well. I often hear from my clients that by the end of the day they have nothing left. They give everything they have to their work, their kids and spouses or both, leaving them tired and exhausted. This leads to the kitchen and night time eating. They eat for relaxation, to de-stress or because of “I deserve” and this is my time. Food is not a reward. Especially when it makes you feel bad longer than it makes you feel good.
I coach my clients on how to add the ME time to their day. Whether it’s at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day. As a nutritionist and coach, if I just addressed the food aspect, I would be missing a big chunk of my client’s life that needs addressing to lose weight and keep it off for good.
I have been reading The Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballantyne. He suggests waking up 15 minutes earlier in the day to do what’s most important to you before the day gets started. You can also take this time at the end of your day to do what’s most important to you to take your ME time. For me, I have committed to establish the habit of getting out to the park 3 mornings a week to get some outdoor exercise. No excuses. The work will be there when I get back.
What is it that YOU need to add to get your ME time that doesn’t include food.?
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Here is a list of self-care tips you can incorporate into your day.
- Get enough sleep
- Take the time to prioritize your day each morning (what are the top 2 -3 things you want to get done today?).
- Remember to schedule tasks/appointments, events as evenly as possible throughout the week.
- Reduce time on the computer and TV
- Take deep breaths during the day
- Eat slower
- Connect with family and friends
- Take a vacations (or ‘staycation’)
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Make time for yourself – enjoy a hobby or activity
- Read a book or watch a movie
- Speak to yourself more kindly
- Listen to music
- Open your windows and blinds during the day
- Focus on your goals
- Enjoy a hot bath
- Meditate, pray and/or do yoga
- Get a massage or facial
- Go on a walk
- Focus on the positive
- Keep a gratitude journal