Is there anything more valuable than your health? Our well-being affects literally every other aspect of our lives in either a positive or negative way. From a simple cold to larger medical issues, our health is one of the biggest indicators of what’s going on in our lives emotionally. When our bodies begin to break down is when we realize what a quandary we’ve found ourselves to be in. Yet we continue to do the same things that got us there in the first place. And we continue to hope that things will eventually turn around.
Getting caught in this vicious physical cycle wreaks havoc on our bodies. We lose energy. Our minds start to slow down, falling far short of their optimal performance levels. And our moods fluctuate from content and peaceful to unsettled. We start to question the things we’ve always known for sure. We start to doubt our selves. We lose sight of the good in our lives and focus on the things weighing us down.
That’s why this week I’d like to focus on your finances, your family and friends, or your work life, I want to delve deeper into your personal life. That includes everything from spending time with your family to squeezing in a girls (or guys) weekend every now and again. But it also means taking care of yourself physically every single day.
So what does that entail? In short, it’s different for everyone. You know what you need to feel your best. Maybe it’s an hour of mediation a day or a good workout to get those endorphins working. It could be reconnecting with your bliss by taking a cooking class or joining a sports league in your neighborhood. It could be as simple as getting up an hour earlier to enjoy the stillness and peace of the sunrise.
If you’re not sure, now is the ideal time to experiment with it. Write down a list of things that pique your interest – a painting class? wine tasting? movies? Pilates? – and then spend a few days a week pursing those endeavors. If after spending a few times engaged in the activity and you’re not crazy about it, move on to something different. If you haven’t figured it out already, the goal here isn’t to pick up a hobby or have a place to go to a few days a week outside from work. The goal is to spend time getting to know yourself.
As you continue to try new things, meet new people and focus on your physical health, watch how everything else in your life improves. Your relationships will be more authentic. You’ll have more energy to give to the people you love the most. And you’ll treat yourself with the love, kindness and respect that you’ve always deserved.