It’s Time to Take Time

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As a society we are in a frenzy about our health. There are thousands of diets and different approaches all making claims to help you fulfill your health goals. Eat this to lose weight, don’t eat that because it causes inflammation. Yes, it’s true that there are foods that have more nutrients and are of a higher quality. By eating more of these foods and limiting the junk, in effect you should start to notice positive changes in your health it seems.  That’s not the case for many though is it? Why are so many people struggling with health issues?

We live in a fast-paced society inundated with messages to look a certain way and with expectations that don’t place a lot of value on self-care. We are expected to present ourselves wrapped in a smooth package that doesn’t bulge. We are expected to be able to respond just as fast as we finish reading the message. We are expected to get the job done and done right regardless of the number of hours it might take.

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We go…fast…and hard…all day long without really thinking of ourself or our health. We tend to rely on convenience and while convenience may seem like the best option in that moment, it’s cheap, fast, and easy…we end up paying more in the long run…poor health, fatigue, mood issues, weight gain, body image issues and more which all negatively impact our happiness.

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It’s time to turn the tables and choose a new path. You can have the best doctors, health coaches, trainers but their support can only take you so far. You have to take charge and establish a routine where you take time for you. Start preparing at least part of your meals at home. Build in stress management techniques like deep breathing – every time you wash your hands, determine your stress level on a scale of 1-5 and take a deep breath. In the evenings, add more pleasure…go for a walk, read a book, take a bath, or light a candle. It’s time to take time for you!

I’d love to know what some of your favorite self-care strategies are…how do you take care of you…reply below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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