Most of us are just too busy to find time to take care of ourselves. I’m a big promoter of “self-care”. I find it helpful to schedule self-care time like any of your other appointments. Your sleep and what you eat, your amount of exercise and relaxation determines so much of how you feel mentally and physically each day.
Please read this article because it’s quite funny and familiar at first. It describes the difficulty of cleaning up your act! It uses the word “diet” which I don’t like because they don’t work. So let’s change that word to “healthy eating.” That’s something you can maintain. The important thing is to find balance in your life. That includes your schedule; work, partner, family, kids, and ME TIME!
I’d always gotten by. Mostly because of dumb genetic luck, I’m thin, with low blood pressure and cholesterol (I know, you hate me already). But I couldn’t deny seeing some changes as I hit my 50s: less energy, a growing pot belly, pain that I assumed was early arthritis in my neck whenever I looked over my shoulder. Caring for aged parents and in-laws offered a none-too-gentle reminder that this was just the beginning.
But could it be slowed if I were very, very good? If I really cleaned up my act? What if, for a month, I embraced every health dictate we all know we should follow but blithely ignore?