SELF CARE, SERVED FRESH
When you’re busy managing the stress of everyday life, your work and relationships, especially in today’s climate, it’s easy to forget that the body and mind making all of this happen need attention and TLC too.
Self-care has become an increasingly important topic as our generation attempts to pack more into our lives than ever before. Combine everything happening today, hours of digital connectivity, never-ending FOMO from social media, and it’s easy to understand why our bodies and brains are left exhausted and begging for downtime.
Stress levels in the US are at an all-time high, Americans are gaining weight at an alarming rate, and diseases afflict people at younger ages than ever before. We are stretching ourselves thin and trying to do it all, and often the first thing that gets "bumped" is what we actually need most: time for self-care. It's time we think about self-care differently.
Your body and mind are the foundation for everything in your life, and self-care is time spent making that foundation strong and sturdy. It's not indulgent. It's certainly not selfish. It's investing in yourself for both the present and future.
Most of us grew up believing that the more we sacrifice, the more success we find. Modern research now tells us that we have it all wrong. We are learning that self-care actually plays a major part in our success. It can mean different things for different people and it all depends on how you personally recharge your batteries and finding out what replenishes you so that you can put your best foot forward.
Taking breaks from your work to enjoy nature or laugh with close friends has been shown to increase cortical attention and decrease your cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Facetime those you love the most and might be at a distance from right now.
Lack of sleep can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Although it's tempting to stay up late answering emails, it's likely you'll finish your work faster and more effectively with a solid night's sleep under your belt.
So, while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to practicing self-care, the first step to getting it right is understanding that it isn't something you do to reward yourself after lots of hard work, but instead, is a fundamental practice for your daily life.
There will be times where you will feel conflicted about pushing back or saying no to other competing priorities, but hopefully, now you can find the confidence to be bold and do you.
Speaking of doing you, why not treat yourself to breakfast in bed? Try this recipe for Protein Waffles!
APRÈS PROTEIN WAFFLES - 2 servings