This week’s post is from BeWell’s Holistic Life Coach, Annie Mascelli:
I don’t know about you, but between summer travel, visitors, and an erratic schedule, I’ve gotten way off my usual routine of self-care. For me, that’s yoga in the morning, lots of water, real meals of organic food, and a good night’s sleep every night. I got all fired up this week to get back to that healthy routine, and it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I can’t seem to be consistent about it. Usually, this means that by 3:00 pm, I’m dragging my feet and my motivation and snacking decisions go all haywire. Enter potato chips or dark chocolate. Sneaky devils!
Can you relate?
Why do I have more consistent motivation to help others, or work, or do just about anything other than my self-care? Why can’t I put myself first, just a little, every day?
I decided to come up with three good reasons to motivate my self-care habit, even if I have to restart over and over. See if these might work for you.
A study published in the journal, Population Health Management, shows that unhealthy eating is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity. And exercising only rarely is linked with a 50 percent increased risk of low productivity.
I love being productive. In fact, I sometimes tell myself I can’t exercise or eat right because I’m too busy being productive. Now I know the truth! Eating right and exercising will make me more productive (in addition to all the other incredible benefits). Win-win!
2. DISEASE PREVENTION
I’ve reached the age where my friends are having heart attacks, and getting cancer and pre-diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthier lifestyle, including lots of movement, good food, and low stress, prevents arthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, and other immune-mediated illnesses.
I need to remind myself often that this information applies to me and not just other people. I can’t keep saying “tomorrow” when I think about changing to better habits, but NOW is the time to begin.
3. PRACTICAL PROOF
When I eat well, move my body, get sufficient sleep, and laugh often, I feel happy, motivated, and energized. I’m much more creative, and I’m fun to be around. I like that person! When I overeat, work too hard, or don’t move enough, I feel sluggish and dull.
I hope you’ll use one of these motivators to help you swing back in the direction of the healthy habits you know make you feel better and enjoy life more.
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