You Are Your Own Best Resource
You are your own best resource. What the heck does that even mean? Well, it means that if you don’t take care of yourself, who’s going to take care of the important things that you do? Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee. The kids, the job, the dishes, walk the dog. Whatever it is your doing there are folks or fur babies that count on you to be there for them on a regular basis.
It doesn’t mean that you put your head down and put your nose to the grindstone. I’ll work harder, longer, faster and so on and so forth. Rather there are ways to use positivity to motivate us to take care of ourselves better. I’d like to use weight loss as an example of how we can take care of ourselves as
a resource. Let me rephrase THE resource. You are the only you, you have to take care of you so you can take care of the things and the people you love.
There are positive ways to better take care of ourselves besides listening to the negative criticism in our heads. We have tools that we need to use that are underutilized. In these next few paragraphs, I discuss these tools we can use to help ourselves.
Visualizing the successful events of our day can go a long way in making them a reality. Take five minutes of the first wakeful moments of your morning and think about how you want your day to go begin with positive images of accomplishing your goals at your job or the gym. Decide to be happier as you go about your day. You’ll be pleased with the outcome that visualization can give you.
Making a List of Your Accomplishments Daily
I use a to-do list like a lot of people use. But I also use an accomplishments list and to be perfectly honest, my accomplishments list is my secret weapon when it comes to getting things done. I would rather write down my accomplishments than using my to-do list every time I have to keep track of things that need to get done. I am more motivated and gain more momentum for getting things done by making an accomplishments list.
If you are not already doing some form of regular exercise, you should start a routine that works for you. Exercise is key to growing older gracefully. Carrying groceries inside, opening jars, performing regular household chores like cleaning and yard work will be easier for you to do if you get some regular exercise. As you do regular exercise it helps you maintain muscle and muscle memory, like riding a bike
Regular exercise helps you sleep much more soundly and wake up with more energy to take on the day. “Carpe diem,” I say. Walking is always great, and if you need to start by just walking to the end of your driveway then that’s ok, it’s a start. You can build up to a walk around the block and the next thing you know you will be walking a mile and maybe even two.
Keeping Properly Hydrated
I can not say enough about good hydration. Your body needs water and electrolytes. It needs water for energy, for mental clarity and you should know that your body needs proper hydration for healing. Healing wounds and illnesses and disease. We make a substance called plasma and its vital to our health and the quality of our plasma is enhanced by good hydration. So run, don’t walk to your nearest refreshing water resource and drink up. Your body needs it and you’ll be so much better for it.
Everyone needs an occasional pizza but not all the time. Fueling your body with healthy fruits and vegetables is one of the most powerful ways to save your health. Fruits and vegetables give you not only vitamins but they are also a good source of water. Yep, that’s right, they can help you hydrate your body.
Make sure you incorporate a variety of colors. Each of the colors of the rainbow represents different vitamins and minerals. Red= lycopene, Orange = Vitamin C, Yellow = Vitamin A, Green = iron and fiber, blue=powerful antioxidants, purple=reservatol and so much more. This is only a small example of all the nutrients you need for vitality.
If you think you have room for improvement in your diet, you get to start with your next trip to the grocery store and browse the produce aisle for fruits and veggies that you enjoy and should try to incorporate into your diet more often. You’ll be glad you did. Remember when you are busy consuming healthy fruits and vegetables your less likely to want to eat the junk food that offers you nothing but momentary relief from a sugary or a salty craving.
Proper Rest and Relaxation
Don’t forget to rest. A good bedtime routine and regular bedtime help you feel rested after 6-8 hours of sleep at night. I know it’s so easy to sit on the phone past bedtime. I myself am guilty of staying up typing on my blog. Writing and thinking about what I want to share and how I can inspire others to Embrace their Age and live a life of vitality. You are your own best resource. When you are in good working order, things around you and the things that you take care of will be better.
Make yourself a priority. You deserve to be energetic, vital and bright. I encourage you to try to do what you can to feel your best.
That’s all for today friends.
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I’m Karen with Embracing Aging,
Reminding you to Embrace Your Age