There's an extra post today as this is too important to miss. We shouldn't need to be reminded to look after our health and well-being, but sadly we often tend to put our own priorities at the bottom of our to do lists. Especially at this time of year when it's easy to overwhelm ourselves physically and mentally trying to create the perfect Christmas.
Putting yourself first isn't necessarily selfish - staying fit, healthy and sane benefits all around you. Never feel guilty about practising self care. There are many, many ways to do it, focus on what works for you.
There's some useful information in these links
and you may find this previous post of interest.
There's a fresh batch of free posters to help keep you inspired to live your best life here. Use them in your bullet journal, diary, noticeboard - anywhere you wish as long as it works for you.
It's been a few days since I posted about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. How are you getting on with applying this to your self-care needs? Struggling? Don't worry you won't be alone.
I don't believe that you get the best out of people by simply giving them orders but sometimes we all need a little guidance, just a nudge in the right direction. So for the next three days I'd like you to try to do just one practical thing to meet each of those needs.
Here's what I'd like you to do;
Get outdoors more
Take a ten to fifteen minute walk every day - get off the bus a stop earlier, walk around the block, leave the car behind and walk to the local shops. If you can't exercise then (weather permitting) take your coffee or lunch break in the garden.
Drink more water
Keep yourself hydrated and drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water each day. NHS guidelines and helpful information can be found here. Fill a jug or water bottle and drink regularly until it's empty or use your diary or bullet journal and keep a tally.
Have regular meals and eat good food
Write out a meal plan for the next three days. Make the meals healthy and try to include a variety of ingredients. Add healthy snacks in there too. Now shop for those meals.
Get enough rest and sleep
Adopt a sleep routine that works for you, decide on a bed time and spend the hour before winding down to it. Switch off your phone etc, have a bath, make a calming drink, meditate or do relaxation exercises. There are some useful hints from the NHS here.
Wear the right clothes
This might sound a little trivial but by "right" I mean appropriate not the latest designer label. Clothes do affect our well-being - we all know how those painful high heels show on our face! It's important to be cool or warm enough, keep dry and be able to move freely in whatever outfit you wear. Choose one activity that you do regularly - go to work, walk the dog, look after the kids - and put together a "uniform" for it.
Nest - make a comfortable and uncluttered home
Our surroundings do influence the way we feel and act. A messy house distracts us and makes day-to-day living more stressful - how come you can never find the car keys when you're already running late. I'm not suggesting that you de-clutter your entire house in three days but you can do a small part of it. The choice is yours but make sure it is something that you can achieve - maybe that drawer in the hall where your keys should be or that kitchen cupboard with who knows what lurking at the back.
Good luck - have a great weekend and remember that you're building a better foundation for the weeks to come.
It's very easy to stay in your comfort zone. It's nice there. But you know the saying about doing the same things in the same way - you won't get different results.
There's no denying that it can be very scary doing something different, especially if you can't tackle it with supreme confidence.
Just ask yourself "what's the worst that can happen?" Usually nothing much. Then ask yourself "what's the best that can happen?" Now we're getting somewhere!
A well-used life coaching exercise is to stand in a hula hoop or on a small rug and think of this as your comfort zone. Now take one small step outside it - not so bad was it? And your safe space is just there, right next to you. You haven't left all the good things behind.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and daunted, you don't have to "boil the ocean" - just one small step will send you in the right direction. Break your plans and projects down into smaller, simpler actions and take them one at a time. Want to lose a stone? Spend the first week of your healthy eating campaign concentrating on losing just one pound. Repeat as necessary.
It's a proven fact that a little stress can be good for you as it enhances concentration and focus. Psychologists refer to three states - comfort zone, optimal performance zone and danger zone. Obviously the middle is the place to be, and by exploring that zone step by step there's less chance of you getting out of your depth.
Go on - take that step.