Taking care of you is SOOOOO important. As we discussed a few months ago, how can we take care of others if we are not first taking care of ourselves? This time we are going to look at the “not so fun” aspects of putting YOU first.
First we MUST live a disciplined life. How many of us have said “I don’t have time to exercise, I don’t have time to cook, and I don’t have time to relax, when in the world am I supposed to pray, I’m so tired!”? This is where the implementation of discipline must begin. Time waits for no one; we must MAKE time for these things. Even if that means waking up earlier to work out, or taking a Saturday to cook for the week, a form of discipline has to take place! Putting you first doesn’t always mean it’s things you want to do, sometimes it means doing things you NEED to do. Think about children: the majority of them prefer sweets over vegetables, but we as parents know that vegetables are much healthier and better option for them, so what do we do? We use discipline, and make them eat vegetables and allow sweets as an occasionally treat (at least hopefully we do). This is a perfect example of not allowing what is wanted, but putting the child first by giving them what is needed! We HAVE to do this for ourselves.
Okay so now we know that putting ourselves first means that we have to live disciplined lives and force ourselves to do things that we may feel we do not have time to complete. Now we have to schedule times that we may not like to ensure these things are done. You know specifically what you need to lead a healthier lifestyle in every way but here are some suggestions that are vital to a whole and healthy life:
A relationship with God is vital for a successful, joyful life. This doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect without any issues but it does mean that we are setting a foundation for our lives that allows God to operate fully in every aspect. If we build this foundation, we are definitely putting ourselves first.
Healthy Eating- less fast food and eating out even if it is healthy
Healthy home cooked/prepared meals not only are healthier and better for us, they save money! In planning your meals, you control the amount of fat, salt, additives, oil, and anything else that depletes your health. Weight loss and a healthier lifestyle in general is 70% food and 30% exercise proving how important it is to not just eat healthy but control your healthy eating by preparing it yourself.
Getting the heart rate up and blood flowing (cardiovascular) and burning fat to build muscle (strength training) are two of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Not only does it add years to your life, you feel better, you look better, and most of all you are putting yourself first!
Reading for growth
What is your passion or what do you desire to learn more about? Many times the answers are not just on Google or television, they are in a book. Take time to empower yourself to become a better you!
Why Detox? Detoxing or removing toxins, waste, other unwanted parasites, and other yucky things is key to optimal continued health and wellness. The kidney, liver, and colon are just a few key organs that naturally operate in our bodies to remove these unwanted items. Sometimes foods and other extrinsic factors hinder these organs from operating accurately.
Start implementing these steps and watch how much better you feel overall!