The Foundation to Self-Care and Self-Love
Let's get real... you make sure your children, your spouse/partner, and probably your parents get the medical care they need. But are you doing the same thing for yourself?
Before we dive into self-care and self-love ideas we need to get practical, starting with the foundation of what it means to take care of yourself - basic health care. How often should you visit the doctor? It will depend on your general health and a number of other considerations. Generally you should visit your primary care physician once a year, or more if you have high blood pressure or other chronic conditions. For the Dentist, every six months is the recommendation for everyone unless you are having pain or another dental emergency. Optometrist, you should get your eyes checked once a year. Obstetrician/Gynecologist you should visit once a year, but depending on age or other health matters more visits may be necessary. Visits to a dermatologist, orthodontist, allergist or other specialists are on an as needed basis. Mental health professionals should be seen as often as necessary. For a more extensive discussion see https://www.healthresource4u.com/how-often-should-you-visit-the-doctor.html
Just like you take care of your phone, laptop, tablet/iPad, car, your fur baby or whatever device or item is precious to you - your body needs regular maintenance. When you make appointments for your children, make an appointment for yourself while you are already making calls or online.
The first step to self-care and self-love is to make the commitment to keep your body operating at its best at all times, by seeing your health care professionals. Once you take care of your basic health care needs regularly, you are in a good place to start a consistent practice of self-care and self-love.
Seven to Nine hours is the recommended amount of sleep adults should get every night. Here are some tips to help you get those important Zzzs.
Follow a regular schedule: Going to bed at the same time each night helps regulate your inner clock.
Create a calming bedtime routine: Finding a relaxing routine before bed can help you get in the mood to sleep.
Create a comfortable environment: Turning your room into a quiet, dark place at a comfortable temperature can help you sleep better.
Minimize caffeine, alcohol and nicotine: Studies have linked caffeine, alcohol and nicotine use to poorer sleep quality.
Reduce your use of electronics: The excessive use of cell phones and electronics has been associated with poor sleep quality.
I can never get to sleep at a decent hour and it's all my fault. Once I get home from work, there's dinner to cook, then cleaning up after dinner, finally I get to unwind. By the time I get to unwind it's the time I should go to bed, but I'm not ready yet. So I stay up watching TV and playing on my iPad "unwinding" or taking care of things for the household for way too long. End result is I go to bed too late so I miss out on the sleep I should get. So the next morning I'm tired. Sound familiar or is it just me?
Diet and Exercise
Eating right and exercise are fundamental, at least that's what my doctor keeps telling me. Sure the advice is correct. Can I get a show of hands of how many times you've started a diet and exercise routine only to fall short and find yourself starting all over again several times during the year? I stopped making it a New Year resolution years ago because it's always my goal. I'm a work in progress on this issue.
You can start small by taking a 20 minute walk in your neighborhood and watching what you eat. From there you can build up to 30, then a 45 minute walk. If you're up to it then add in some light weights for weight training. Pay attention to your body and your health and adjust accordingly.
You don't have to go on a diet to lose weight, watching what you eat and making smarter food choices can really do the trick and make a world of difference. Making sure you finish dinner three hours before bed is important to losing weight, as well as drinking 64 ounces of water. Water is good not only for your body, but also for your skin, hair, and nails. In this article it details how water is the elixir of life. We can go without food, sure we'll be hungry, but we cannot go without water. https://www.emedihealth.com/drinking-water-benefits.html
Self-Care and Self-Love Practices
Family comes in many different versions - single mother, married with children, married no children but co-parenting your partner's children, and some of you have the additional responsibility of caring for elderly or ill parents. No matter what your family responsibilities entail, it is important you make a regular practice of taking care of yourself because when you do, you are better able to handle all of you