Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I have to apologize, I’ve been hit with the Bronchitis bug and have been too sick to post on my blog. So, I apologize for my long absence and I’m finally back with a post.
Because I’ve just gotten over a bad case of Bronchitis, I thought I’d write a post on the importance of self-care. I tend to put myself last because I’m a mom and that’s what a lot of us moms do.
The thing is if we don’t have our health, we don’t have anything. Health is our wealth. It’s not money. You can have all the money in the world, but if you can’t enjoy it because of failing health, it’s worthless.
Photo on Visualhunt
So, take the time to cook yourself healthy meals. It’s a great way to bond with your kids and teach them healthy eating habits. In my opinion, good health starts with good food. Your diet is so important. Food fuels your body and builds it up to fight disease and sickness. If you’re filling it with empty calories and no nutrients, you’re not giving it what it needs to keep you healthy. So, start this habit while your kids are young and it’s never too late to take better care of yourself.
Photo credit: moonjazz on Visual hunt /CC BY
Another element of self-care is exercise. Yeah, going to the gym is a great way to get those miles in on that treadmill, but if you can get outside, that’s even better. Getting out in the sun is so good for you. We all need our vitamin D and the best way to get it is from the sun. I believe a daily dose of fresh air and sunshine is good for all of us. Heart and Soul.
Photo on Visualhunt
And if you can somehow get out to the woods or walk near the beach, that is the best for you. Remember the trees in the forest emit tiny microbes that help us fight disease and the fresh air from the beach has many health benefits as well.
Photo on VisualHunt.com
So, diet and exercise are two of the key ingredients to good health. Another ingredient is stress reduction. Exercise is a great way to deal with stress, but there are others. One of the activities I like to do when I’m too stressed is read. Yes, reading can drop your stress level within minutes of opening your book. It gets your mind off your stressful situation, your heart rate will decrease, and you’ll begin to relax. Reading is a perfect way to de-stress when you can’t make it to the gym or just don’t feel like exercising.
Photo on Visual Hunt
So, there you have it, the three elements of self-care. What do you do to take care of yourself? I’m always looking for new ideas, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
16 thoughts on “I’m back and I’m talking about Self-Care”
So glad you’re feeling better, Lisa, and great tips for staying healthy!
Thanks for stopping by, Erin. It feels really good to feel better again. I can’t wait to dive into my writing again!! 🙂
Great reminders! I’m a little low on D at the moment–need to get out and enjoy the spring. Glad you’re on the mend–I had Bronchitis last year and it was miserable! Take care…
Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca. It was miserable. I’m so glad it’s over. I still have the cough, but I think that’s going to take a while to get rid of. Definitely get out there and enjoy the spring weather. Plenty of sunshine, water, and rest is what we need! 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca!! You, too!
I hope you’re feeling better, Lisa! Take care of yourself, girl! Great post, as usual, and chock full of common sense – exercise, eating better and cleaner, and not running ourselves ragged. Cheers and thanks!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I appreciate your positive comments and your support! 🙂
Lovely to see you back and feeling better, Lisa…That is one thing( touch) wood which I haven’t had since I have lived here or the dreaded cough it left me with ….every winter…Great tips on keeping healthy 🙂 x
Thanks for stopping by, Carol! I appreciate your kind words. I’m so glad you haven’t had this virus. It was horrible. Now my youngest has it. 😦 Hopefully, it won’t hit him as hard as it did me.
As I said luckily this climate suits my health the climate in the UK didn’t winters were a nightmare for me…Poor little lad, Lisa I hope he doesn’t bless him …
Thanks, Carol! I’ll let my son know you were thinking of him. He’ll appreciate it. 🙂
I hope you’re feeling much better now! Stress reduction shouldn’t be underestimated so many health issues are a direct response to stress.
You are so right, Rachael!! Thanks for stopping by. How is the writing going?
Glad you’re better, LIsa. I hope you got a lot of rest. Sleep. That is one of my priorities for self care.
Yes. We can’t underestimate the value of good sleep. I forgot to mention that in my self-care post. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 🙂