Well, this is it – the last lesson in this series and one where we talk about not eating healthy as a sign of lacking self-care.
As mentioned in a previous lesson, unhealthy eating is a sure sign of a lack of self-care. With so many fast-food options today, it is easy to run in and grab something or go through the drive-thru. But the problem is most fast food is loaded with sodium, sugar or unhealthy fats. And because you are not exercising, it promotes weight gain and increases your risk for a whole host of health issues, like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and others. So, what do you do?
To start with, don’t skip breakfast as many that are short on time end up doing. This is the most important meal of the day and is what gets your metabolism started so that you are burning calories. Next, pack a healthy lunch the night before so you can just grab it on the way out the door the next morning. Sit down outside after your lunch-time walk and enjoy eating it away from the hustle and bustle of work. If you eat it at your desk, you won’t enjoy it because you will be working at the same time. Enjoy hearing the birds sing, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and enjoy a little bit of life before heading back to the grind called work.
As far as supper, use one of your days off to plan out your meals for the week, go grocery shopping and cook up meals for the week that you can freeze. Then after you get home from work, you just have to heat up a meal and maybe add a side dish or two from the refrigerator and you are ready to enjoy supper.
Listening to your body is important, and appropriate self-care involves taking preventative measures to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you are in tune with your body as you exercise, add better nutrition into your diet, create a healthy sleep schedule, and take time for yourself.
I hope you have enjoyed this course as much as I have and maybe even learned something along the way about recognizing the signs that you need more self-care. Look for your FREE “Taking Care of Yourself Checklist” next week!