Post #28 – What You Can Do to Ensure Fitness and Self-Care Work in Harmony (by Sheila Olson)

Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice. 

 

Thanks for tuning back in for another blog week! 2019 has been busy busy busy. This week I have another special guest post to share with all of you! Please enjoy the following article specially written for the DudeWithPots page by fitness blogger Sheila Olson! Enjoy 🙂

 

What You Can Do to Ensure Fitness and Self-Care Work in Harmony

 

While fitness routines are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, we need to do more for ourselves. Investing in self-care is necessary to truly be healthy, so here are some ways you can balance fitness with looking after your entire well-being.

Eat Better

It can be difficult to find the time to shop and cook healthy meals each and every day. Yet, wholesome foods can transform how we feel overall. Eating well each day starts with determination. Take a few minutes on a day off to create some basic meal plans. This way, you know what to shop for, and can prepare in advance. Even if you don’t batch-cook, having things chopped and ready to go makes cooking much more efficient at the end of a long day, and this can be the difference between making a healthy lunch/dinner or eating out. Another excellent tool is a local meal or grocery delivery service. This convenience can help us stick to meal plans, especially when many services offer low-calorie or light options.

Create Boundaries

Just as we’re busy, we’re also very stressed. Unfortunately, the chronic stress many of us experience leads to a host of complications, including heart attack, stroke, increased illness, and much more. Caring for yourself means learning how to dial stress back, and that could involve establishing boundaries with yourself and with others. Knowing your boundaries is the first step to enforcing them. If you routinely work off the clock or check your work email during vacation, it’s time to re-evaluate. You need to prioritize what you do during your free time; if you don’t, you will burn out eventually. It’s only a matter of time.

Enjoy a Hobby

If you occupy your time, you may be less likely to slip back into the habit of checking on work at home. Cultivating a hobby can be one way to keep yourself busy. Hobbies can lower stress and give us something to look forward to each day. A hobby can be a tool to challenge ourselves in positive ways and to measure our own growth. Participating in a hobby can even improve self-image. They’re easy to start, and many don’t cost a dime. If you have a passion, you could blog about it. You can learn something new each week by listening to a podcast. There are many options that allow you to express yourself and channel stress healthily.

Socialize When You Can

Spending time with our loved ones is not only fun, but it can also boost our mental health. When we see people we enjoy, our brains release dopamine. This makes us feel good and helps us to process stress. Socializing can also improve brain function and protect memory. However, getting together with friends can become increasingly difficult the more serious our careers become. When you discuss spending time with loved ones, plan it out. Don’t let it dwindle to maybe or sorting details later — that’s easily put off. Having a definitive date helps keep plans actionable, though it doesn’t even need to be in-person. After all, video chatting is free and convenient. However, what if you’re looking for new friends? Joining a group, online or in person, is a way to meet people you know you’ll have something in common with.

Spend Time Alone

We have discussed the varied approaches to relaxation — eating well, cutting back at work, and doing things you enjoy are all part of that. However, setting aside time for yourself every day is necessary. Having moments to meditate, do yoga or quietly read by ourselves can have positive impacts on our lives. We may become more empathetic, more creative, and see an increase in productivity. So, take a piece of each day to focus on your own mental health.

You can look after more than your body — and that should include your entire soul. Take steps to eat, sleep, and feel better overall. Lower your stress, and live your life to its fullest.

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Sheila Olson

fitsheila.com

 

Disclaimer- This post was written by a guest blogger and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of the owner of this blog. 

Thanks for reading! Please contact me for any specific topics, questions you want answered, or reviews you want!

Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS

 

 

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