Health is more than your physical condition.
First, you must love yourself enough to make choices that support and serve your life goals.
Healing my body required re-setting my priorities so that I had time to focus on my health. For instance, I’d been visiting my 92 year old grandfather in a nursing home five times a week and staying there for three hours. Instead I limited my future visits to one hour.
I stopped spending dozens of weekends babysitting and assisting family and friends with their resumes, tax returns, and computer problems. Also I set boundaries between my professional life and home life. I changed my workday from 12 hours to 9 hours maximum.
Despite the occasional protest of friends and family who felt neglected, I overcame the initial guilt. Unlike my prior behavior, I had firmly carved out time to focus on my health. Subsequently, I was ready to move on to the demanding changes in my lifestyle.
- Make yourself a priority. Put time aside each day for fun, relaxation, or an adventure.
- Write down and carry out an intention for self-care. It can be as simple as reading a few pages in a book, soaking in a hot tub, taking a nature walk, or a 5-minute meditation.
- Establish healthy relationships with people who support, lift, and inspire you to be your best. Assess your relationships. Are they toxic or lift you?
Tell me, what’s the first thing you plan to do to love yourself more?