Saturday, November 12, 2011

Self Care

 The oxygen you need is all around you, sometimes you just need to be reminded to breathe!

Note To Self:  
Take care of YOU! 

No one else has it on their agenda. You are responsible for your life, your happiness, your health. Check in here.

You are interested enough in your health to change your eating habits, have you let a few other things slip? Are you still moving, playing, relaxing? Have you taken care of your hygiene? Your house, your car? Seriously, it may seem like little things, but they all add up to YOUR LIFE.  

A Little OM Moment
We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is often cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It seems to say, ironically, that if you can’t take care of yourself for yourself, do it for others. Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency, so it’s easy to keep putting self-care off—easy, that is, until we get sick, overwhelmed, or exhausted, and suddenly don’t have the energy to care for the people who count on us. That’s when we realize we haven’t been getting the oxygen we need to sustain ourselves. We begin to understand that taking care of ourselves is neither selfish nor indulgent; it’s just plain practical.

Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself. For many of us, there is always something we feel we could be doing for someone else, and it helps to remember the oxygen metaphor. You can even encourage yourself by saying “I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others” or some other mantra that will encourage you. It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best prescription for taking care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals; for example, taking one half-hour for yourself at the beginning and end of the day to meditate, pray or journal, or just be. You might also transform the occasional daily shower or bath into a half-hour self-pampering session.

Whatever you decide, making some small gesture where you put yourself first every day will pay off in spades for you and the ones you love. The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to breathe. 

You are worth it! ~j 

Bacon & egg
Spinach w/butter

Snack/post workout
MRM Whey powder/antioxidant formula
Unprepared I had to wing it for post workout today (not W30v5)

Leftover roasted chicken thighs
Cauliflower w/butter

Didn't feel like snacking this afternoon ;)

Steak medallions
Zucchini sauteed with sundried tomatoes & yep, spinach
Applecider Vinegar & oil dressing

Nut butter on a spoon

MacroNutrient Ratio:

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