Our bodies tell us when there may be something wrong. It is our job to pay attention to the signs. We only get one body, so taking care of it is a necessity. It is our most prized possession and should be treated as a priority. When we feel good, we can get things done and have a better quality of life. Taking care of ourselves goes a lot further than just exercising and being physically fit. When is the last time you acknowledged how you really feel?
One very important task is to always ensure that you are well hydrated. Our bodies are made up of a high percentage of water which, in itself, should verify just how vital H2O is for us. Most health officials recommend that individuals drink at least two liters of water a day. To make it easier to do, try breaking it down to four, 16.9-ounce bottles of water daily. This will take discipline to master in the beginning stages.
Getting enough rest is also important for our energy, mood, and health. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to health complications such as a weakened immune system and increased chances of a heart attack among a host of several other health conditions. Try scheduling yourself a bedtime that allows you to get the recommended hours of sleep each night.
Making time for self-care should be the norm for us all. Our emotional and mental health is no less important than our physical health. We have to be mindful of the types of energy and people we allow into our lives and space. If there is something negatively affecting us emotionally and mentally, it is in our best interest to cut ties with it. Be sure to utilize available resources to assist you with living a happier and healthier life.
If your body has been feeling abnormal lately, it’s time to take a breather to figure out what the issue may be. Perhaps, you just need to slow down. Perhaps, medical attention is needed. I recall feeling fatigued no matter how much sleep I got. My primary care physician didn’t hesitate to complete a panel to check all of my levels. After my lab results came back, it was determined that my Vitamin D level was too low. Had I not taken the initiative to visit my doctor, I would not have known and would, therefore, still be struggling to stay awake at work, be productive, and feel my best.
Taking care of ourselves is not something to feel guilty about. If you need to miss work to schedule a doctor’s visit, do it. If you just need a day off for a sanity check, take it. Go on vacation, spend time in the comfort of your home, and never allow anyone to criticize you for taking the necessary steps to care for yourself. It should be our goal to ensure that we are in good health emotionally, mentally, and physically because, at that point, we feel our absolute best. We have to take care of our mind, body, and soul. Listen up. Your body is talking to you.