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Self care is hardDo you remember the days where we all had more time?

When we could actually sit on the porch and watch cars go by after dinner?

And when reading a book was something fun to do in the spare hours, not something you had to sacrifice sleep for?

And don’t even forget about how difficult it is to find time to shower (if you’re a mom), go to the gym, make a good meal…

We live in a time where self-care just doesn’t seem possible anymore.

The truth about modern life –

Life has never been busier than our day and age. This makes taking the time to take care of yourself even harder than ever. If I’m to be completely honest, I haven’t showered yet today. I’ve been writing this post (and another guest post that will be published elsewhere shortly) ever since I returned home from the gym. I really would feel better if I just took a break and hopped in the shower… BUT DEADLINES! And BABY who will want my attention once 5 pm rolls around!

As a new mom and business owner, I get it.

Each day I’m torn between getting a little more writing done and having time to shave my legs.

Torn between cleaning the kitchen and going for a walk.

Torn between sitting down and planning meals and cuddling with my husband to watch a movie.

We are constantly torn between our obligations to work, family, and our community, and taking care of ourselves. There just doesn’t seem like there is any time to breathe.

Add to that the fact that our economy is not as stable as we would like, and it makes a perfect storm for a whole generation of people who are overworked, frazzled, and unhealthy.

Self-care is an investment —

But before you take everything I’ve written here as a reason to NOT take care of yourself, I’m here to propose the opposite (and add in my own self-care pact).

I want you to consider the benefits of investing the time, energy, and money to care for yourself. While it may seem hard to break away from what you’re doing right now, the benefits are staggering.

It’s hard to imagine those 15 minutes going for a walk are more important continuing to work on that project.

It’s hard to imagine that money spent on a gym membership is more important than stashing it away into savings.

The thing to remember about self-care is that it’s not money or time down the drain. It’s a promise of a better future.

The dividends of self-care are priceless —

The most obvious way in which investing in your self-care pays off is in the decrease in future healthcare costs. In my previous career as an Intensive Care RN, I saw a lot of examples of how poor investments in self-care lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical bills decades down the road.

But beyond the obvious financial reasons, self care can pay back dividends NOW, not just in the future. Taking the time to care for ourselves increases our happiness, our confidence, and even our quality of work.

For example, research shows that any form of activity will increase creative thinking by as much as 60%. So that 15 minutes you saved by NOT going for a walk may have cost you 30-45 minutes in productivity.

How do we invest in ourselves?

In general, there are three big areas of self care to consider:

  • Mind: Make ongoing learning a priority. Take time to keep a journal and reflect on your thoughts. Spend less time on social media… you have 100 billion brain cells, no need to waste them all on facebook!
  • Body: Eat well, exercise, create a healthy relationship with food. Extreme diets and quick fixes are NOT self care, in fact they are quite the opposite. Take time to get your yearly check ups, preventative procedures (mammogram, colonoscopy, etc) and dental visits.
  • Spirit: Whether your are religious or not, it is important to remember we are all spiritual beings. Take time to pray (or meditate, if that is your thing). Express gratitude. Cultivate a sense of awe and wonder at the incredible gifts of life.

My Self Care Pact –

In case you’re wondering, I did take a break and shower before finishing this post. And now I’m ready to take it to the next level – meaning no matter how busy, how many deadlines, how many people want/need my attention, I am going to hop in the shower the minute I’m home from the gym… no more waiting hours on end while trying to get everything else done.

Because I’m worth it.

And you’re worth it too.

If you’re ready to invest in your nutrition journey, now is the time. 

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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.


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