There’s been a lot of focus on taking care of yourself. For years, people were taught that it was selfish to take care of themselves, because it might interfere with them taking care of others. That’s just not true. In fact, the opposite is true. If you don’t take care of yourself, you not only won’t be healthy enough to take care of others, they might have to care for you. Now that’s really selfish. You need to be kind to yourself and that doesn’t have to take a lot of money. In fact, there are things you can do to improve your self-care without spending money or spending very little.
Of course, I encourage this. I believe in it and it shows by the choice I made in life to help others with exercise. You don’t have to get a video to start exercising. Just increasing your activity level by walking is a great start. Focus on moving around and walking for five minutes every 55 minutes to add to your good health. I got a letter from a particularly frugal client that purchased a download. Her whole goal was to make the price per session drop dramatically. When she worked out ten days, the price per session was a dollar, by 100 days, it had dropped to a dime. She’s been using this video long enough that it’s presently at less than five cents per session, and she says she looks and feels fantastic. In this case, her frugal nature kept her going.
Create a healthy lunch and go for a picnic.
You’ve got to eat, so why not indulge yourself with a bit of Mother Nature while you do. Enjoy soaking up the vitamin D from the sun and watching the wildlife as you eat. Squirrels and birds can be both entertaining and relaxing. If you live in the city, make your lunch a people watching adventure. While you might be in the middle of a big city, the solitude of eating alone can be quite rewarding. It’s both time for yourself and a reward of a healthy meal.
Take a nap or go to bed early.
You may be one of those people who think they have to work around the clock. That’s just not true. Adequate sleep not only is good for your body, it improves your mental functioning. You’ll get more done in less time when you have the proper amount of sleep. Lack of sleep unbalances the hormones that make you feel hungry and those that make you feel full. It causes an increase in ghrelin, the hunger hormone and a suppression in leptin, the satiety hormone, so you’ll be doing your weight loss efforts a favor when you get adequate sleep.
- Enjoy a good book. Instead of turning to your computer, curl up with a great book and relax. If you like non-fiction, it’s okay to read it, but it shouldn’t be work related. This time is strictly for you.
- Talk to an old friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while. Sometimes the best friends are old friends and reigniting that friendship can be a blessing. It will make you both feel good.
- Spend five to ten minutes every morning and the same amount of time before you fall asleep to appreciate all that life has given you or meditate. Sometimes, just encouraging an attitude of gratitude or calming your mind can make all the difference.
- Laugh and do it often. Sing a happy song at the top of your lungs or turn on music and dance. These three things will make you feel great. Try laughing right now, make it a belly laugh and you’ll find you’ll start feeling better immediately.
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