When you view your health as nonnegotiable, your priorities naturally shift.
I have a number clients whom I work with who each and every session tell me that they are tried, or stressed out, skipping meals and basically paying attention to everyone but themselves.
You have to make yourself a priority. If you don’t take care of yourself who is. I know that this practice is easier said then done, but we must take baby steps to taking care of ourselves.
Here are 3 basic tips.
- Establish a bed time — this is non-negotiable. You need 8 hours, so if you need to be up for 7am, then lights out 11pm. This means you winding down by 10pm, I suggest being in bed or doing something relaxing such as reading, meditation, writing in your journal or spending quality time with your partner. Did you notice, there was nothing about TV, emails or web surfing? This your shut down and unwind time.
- Bring your lunch — when you bring your own lunch there is no excuse for saying you didn’t have time to run out, plus you are less likely to be tempted to ravage the vending machine or worse go without.
- Exercise — I would love to see you work out 3 times/week, but I understand that may be a little difficult, but I recommend that you put it in your calendar, get up a little earlier and workout in the morning, schedule yourself a meeting and sneak out at lunch.
I hope that you are able to implement some of these tips. I just want you to know that I can so relate to and let you that these are the steps that I took to reclaim my life.
I use to fly 100,000/year, the thought of leaving the office before 7pm didn’t occur to me, lunch consisted of M&Ms and Coke and dinner was all take out. The people at Mary Chung’s really LOVED me and my husband. I used to have perpetual heartburn, migraines, acne and was in a constant state of tiredness. I went to my doctor seeking a quick fix, a prescription. Well, my doctor gave me a prescription, in the form of a book called “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” Well I read and it really opened my eyes, I was only 25 and stress to the hilt and said I didn’t want to live my life like this. Now I didn’t start implementing everything, I took baby steps and over time I had all 3 suggestions implemented.
Good luck to you, please let me know how you’ve implemented these tips or if you have any other suggestions.