Self care is something many overlook. There are a variety of reasons people don’t take care of themselves.
They may want to but feel they’re too busy.
Developing new habits and dropping bad ones is hard. We don’t like hard – we like the path of least resistance.
Even Good Change is Hard
They may not know what to do to improve their health.
Maybe they have the attitude of, “why bother, I’m going die someday anyway.”
Or they have the overly humble attitude of running themselves into the ground in order to care for others.
Others around them may make it difficult to develop a healthy lifestyle – sort of like the crabs in a bucket. When one crabs attempts to climb out of the bucket and escape, the other crabs will pull it back down. We like to think our friends and family are rooting for us – but in reality, they’re comfortable with where you’re at.
Making healthy changes may seem like an overwhelming task – especially if you’ve lived your whole life a certain way.
Some view health changes as something negative – taking away things in their life – cigarettes, soda, sugar, high-fat processed/fast foods, etc.
Add Something Instead of Taking Away
A good first step in making changes for the better is to think about the things you can add to your life, instead of the things you can’t have or can’t do.
So add something positive to your health today.
Drink a glass of water – maybe with a squeeze of lemon to help with digestion and liver function.
Eat something fresh and raw – fruit, veggies or nuts. Don’t get hung up on the amount or stress about whether or not you got the proper amount. Just get used to adding some to your day.
Be pleasant to someone, being a positive force in someone else’s day not only blesses them, but it blesses you.
Drink a cup of tea. Experiment with all the different flavors.
Move. Your body was made to move. If you’re not used to exercising, just add more movement to your day. Get up and stretch. Park farther from the store. Pick up your walking pace a bit. Incorporate a few 10 minute walks during the day if you don’t think you have time for one long walk.
Become more mindful of your thought life– our thoughts guide our actions.
All change starts with the first step, so make that first step adding something positive to improve your health today.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” ~3 John 1:2
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.