Your body and your spirit are in your own hands.
I try to think of self-care as my responsibility to myself, but I know that it is difficult for many people to make it a priority.
Here are some tips to help you take better care of yourself physically….
You already know the things to do to take care of yourself – get enough sleep, eat healthy foods in moderate quantities, move every day, have and use a health care team – even to floss your teeth.
Yet it’s likely that you aren’t performing the behaviors you know will work. There are two coaching tricks that I want to teach you to help you shift towards taking better care of yourself.
The first trick is what I call “chunking it down”.
When you think of all the many tasks required for you to be really healthy, it may seem like a huge, impossible task. However, when we “chunk” it down to what is immediately before us, it becomes doable.
No, you do not have to begin a vegetarian diet and start training for a marathon today. But you could say no to the potato chips for lunch and schedule that mammogram.
The important learning here is that all those little choices DO MATTER.
Every worthy goal was accomplished by thousands of tiny decisions made to move in the direction of the goal.
Baby step by baby step. Taking care of yourself works exactly this way.
Ask yourself, “What do I need to do today to be more healthy?”. Choose something small and accomplish it, then repeat the process tomorrow.
The enemy of any goal is the dishonesty of all or nothing thinking. Like “one piece of pie never hurt anyone” or “I’ve waited so long now, what difference will another day make?”.
Don’t let yourself believe that because you can’t reach the goal today, then your actions don’t matter.
Take that baby step instead. Start some progress – because it does matter!
The second trick that we know from coaching is the joy of celebration.
This is the one element that makes the effort of all those baby steps worthwhile.
Too many of us are so busy that we never notice or give ourselves credit for changes that we are accomplishing. Was it hard for you to cut down to only four cigarettes today? Then tell someone that and be proud of the effort.
And then use the positive feedback as more motivation next time.
Don’t even be concerned about bragging – there is no such thing as bragging when it comes to being healthy.
You never know when your pride of accomplishment will help someone else take a healthy baby step too.
Did you not drink any soda all week? Yahoo!!
Went walking three evenings this week? Wowie!
Made it a routine to take a vitamin every morning when you brush your teeth? Way to go!!
Do a victory dance or raise a glass of water in tribute.
Find a healthy way to reward yourself for moving in the right direction.
My husband says that the 20’s are the “last maintenance-free decade” in any one’s life. According to his wisdom, many of us have been overdue for some maintenance work for a while.
Let’s see if you can move towards maintaining yourself a little better today.
Pardon me now, I’m going to go for a little walk….
What baby steps that you can do today to take better care of yourself? Let us know in the comments below or tell about your tiny bit of progress and let us celebrate with you…