The more we push to get things done, the more we push things aside we should do. One of those is taking care of us. Somehow we’ve convinced ourselves that 30 minutes answering more emails is more important than getting up and taking a 30 minute walk. Scooting through lunch with an energy drink and a power bar as we drive to the next appointment is more important than eating real food to fuel our body.
Ultimately, all of those decisions are wrong and terrible. Long term, you simply can’t function if you don’t take care of yourself. You can’t skip any of the essentials. The more you focus on eating right, getting enough sleep and working in exercise, the more energy you will have to be productive.
Take time to do these things:
Make check-up appointments with your doctor, dentist and eye doctor. Don’t try to convince yourself that you don’t need it. Silent afflictions, like high blood pressure which can render you with a stroke, or breast cancer, can make you pretty unproductive! Things like cavities that ruin your teeth and glaucoma that can take your sight are not something you can know- but a doctor can detect.
Go to bed. Set a bedtime for yourself. Get that 8 hours sleep. You’ll actually get more done. Also head to bed without those electronics. Turning them off is important.
Get out and about. Take your calendar and make appointments with yourself to get in a walk or run. Or sign up for a class in yoga or spinning. A class may make you keep your commitment.
Be nutrition forward. Don’t let busy keep you from eating right. If you hate to shop, then shop online and pick up your already packed bags from the store on the way home. Plus, you’ll find shopping online means less temptation to grab unhealthy snacks. Sign up for a dinner deliver service that drops off fresh, measured ingredients for dinner at your house. Stock up on grab and go healthy foods like fresh fruit, oatmeal cups and premade salads.
Until next time …