Have you had a past littered with overindulgence in alcohol, lack of sleep, overworking yourself, too many worries, weight gain, or other unhealthy habits? Chances you have, and chances are you are still dealing with them. But when you are ready to make some changes for the sake of your own well-being and sanity, here are the things you can do for your body and mind to forgive you. It’s time to take care of you – the whole you.
Proper Exercise. There is a reason why it’s first on the list. No matter what you’ve done to your body in the past to hurt it, incorporating just a little light activity into your daily routine – say, a 30 minute brisk walk – can give your body the release it needs. It’s like food for your muscles. And yes, it can be a mind-body conflict: And so you need the right mindset. Your body is screaming for your attention!
Good Hygiene. It’s amazing what a shower can do for the mind and soul. It may sound simple, but taking time out for yourself in the bathroom each day, not rushing through the routine, can do wonders. Scrub the day’s dead skin away, inhale the exhilarating scents of a favorite body wash, and just let your body slip into a state of calm.
Proper Nutrition/Eating Habits. Start off with incorporating a healthy breakfast into your everyday. Pop Tarts and frozen pre-made sausage biscuits are not healthy choices. Instead, try starting with a bowl of oatmeal sweetened with real sugar or honey along with a couple strawberries (buy a bag of frozen strawberries and just pop a couple out every morning to add to your bowl of oatmeal).
Reduce Stress. Stop sweating the small stuff. Stress is the number one reason people are not healthy. Being stressed out, even other the little stuff, can cause other problems in your life including overeating, eating the wrong things, laziness, etc.
Drink more water. 6 to 8 cups…, which isn’t a lot, because a “glass” is typically a cup and a half if not more! Yes, we’re talking 6-8 8 oz serving sizes of water. Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and so it needs a constant replenishment.
Get organized. Start with a routine that you can reasonably stick to. Humans are creatures of habit, and they thrive on a regular way of doing things. It’s been said that if you can stick to a routine for three weeks straight, then you’ve pretty much got it down.
Spend more time with those who you love. If you’re distanced from your family in any way – physically, emotionally, spiritually – take definite steps to get close again. If possible, make the closeness a physical one.
Yes, you can reverse the bad effects of a life-long habit of abusing self!