As women, we often have the tendency to look after everybody and ignore our own health and well-being. This behavior could stem from seeing our mothers put the whole family first, or feeling guilty for taking time out to look after ourselves. Whatever the reason, now more than ever, we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Making our health a priority should, in my opinion, start from a very young age.
In fact, I believe it should be ingrained in every human being. No-one should feel guilty for taking time out, whether it’s from the workplace or from being a homemaker, to ensure they have a yearly general check up with their GP.
Moreover, this should be followed up with regular exercise, healthy eating and relaxation. Our physical and mental health are just as important as each other. These two crucial factors should not be left on the back burner, only to find out later that had we taken time to make our health a priority, we would have been looking after those we love.
I have heard many ladies say, “Yes, that’s lovely, but I just don’t have time.”
Allow me, if I may, to show you how you can find time in your busy schedule to take charge of your well-being. There are 365 days in the year, and 24 hours in a day. This equals 8,760 hours in a year. Let’s say you work 252 days a year, or 6,048 hours. This leaves you with 105 weekends plus 8 days’ public holiday free a year. This is 113 days or 2,712 hours free time a year.
As you can see, from my calculations, you still have lots of time to spend with your family and friends.
Don’t forget there is also time to spend relaxing at a spa having a rejuvenating massage, facial, manicure or pedicure to de-stress at least once per month. And if you think that is only a couple of hours each month, for an investment of 24 hours a year, you could be benefitting yourself and your family’s well-being.
If you feel well, relaxed, de-stressed and revived, you will be able to give your best self to your family and friends, rather than feeling stressed out and rushing around to see everyone all the time.
Ask yourself this question: “Does my car needs an MOT?” If the answer is yes, then that means you are not allowed to drive your car on the road.
During the MOT, or health check of your car, your mechanic will determine whether your vehicle has fluids to ensure it stays healthy, (e.g. engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid). Now if we all make time to ensure our cars are road worthy and healthy, why shouldn’t we pay the same care and attention to ourselves? We should take every precaution to ensure our body is healthy and functioning on all cylinders.
You see, your body is very intelligent. It has the ability to shut itself off from anything that can, and would, be harmful to its well-being.
I use the analogy of the car to show how our bodies need our help in preventing diseases and unwanted stress, that could lead to, or cause, ill health.
If you have not had recent screenings for your mammogram, cholesterol or diabetes, why not schedule an appointment with your GP?
Don’t forget to mention factors like stress, depression and mental health – these are hugely important to your well-being.
Follow these steps to find your happiest, healthiest and best you:
- Visit your doctor for preventive screenings
- Get active – walking, cycling, running, dancing, whatever makes you happy.
- Eat healthy – fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh fish etc.
- Get enough sleep – shut down computers and mobiles at least an hour before bedtime.
- Manage stress – therapeutic massage, try meditation or listen to relaxing music.
- Increase your water intake – to cleanse and purify your body
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