Self Care Is Not a Screenshot
When it comes to self-love, it is not a screenshot but an ongoing movie picture of your life. As we move into February, I’d like to check on how you are doing with self-care this year.
As we know, most people set New Year's resolutions and have already fallen out of their intense commitment to follow through. One of the top goals people have is implementing ongoing self-care. It might sound something like this:
I want to work out more
I am going to eat better
I am going to get more rest
I want to reduce my stress
I want to stop partaking in vices that aren’t good for me
Moira Lawler of Everyday Health says, “According to Google Trends, the number of searches for “self-care” has more than doubled since 2015.
Here are some statistics on how self-care is linked to a longer life. We want you to live a long, vibrant life, which is why ongoing self-care is vital. Let’s look at a few key areas in which most people want to do better self-care.
Exercise: Just one in five US Adults exercises each day. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week and muscle-strengthening activities.
Finding Purpose: A vital purpose in life (PIL) contributes to life satisfaction.
Nutrition: Eating a diet filled with five servings of fruits and vegetables per day was associated with a lower risk of mortality and reduced risk of disease.
Sleep: A study published in September 2017 in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that too-little sleep (less than seven hours per night) was linked with higher mortality rates, though too-much sleep wasn’t healthy either.
Getting Outside: According to Healthline, 120 minutes in nature per week can significantly boost health and well-being.
So how do you implement a better self-care routine in your already busy life?
I recommend you do what brings you alive and start small. Consistency is key. Most people go “all in” and then burn out. The goal is to start small and be consistent before increasing in duration or intensity.
I’d love to hear what you are doing to promote consistent self-care in your life and amongst your teams at work. Do you have a culture of self-care at work? If not, here is an article that talks about creating one. When you take care of yourself, you can better care for your family, team, and client.
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