I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views (positive and negative) are my own.
I don’t take care of myself nearly as much as I should. I eat horrible foods on my busy school days, I don’t exercise on a regular basis, and I don’t get nearly as much sleep as I’m suppose to each night.
While I have been slowly making changes to my lifestyle since the beginning of the year, last week I decided that things need to change– now. Not later, not in a few weeks, not in the summer time.
Last week, I made a commitment to myself that I would do at least one activity each day that will improve my overall health and wellness. And you know what? I feel better already.
It’s so easy to take control of yourself and the activities you do each day just by making some simple changes. What may see like small things at first, really do add up as a whole. Here are 5 Ways you can take a simple start in the right direction:
Take Extra Steps!
I go to school 4 days a week and when I’m in a rush, I try to find the closest parking spot available (which can sometimes make me late) and I’m on the first elevator I see going up. Well, last week I decided to change that. I parked my car at the second parking lot to my building (which is far!) and decided that I would no longer be taking the elevator up to get to class– I would take the stairs. Granted on the first day, my legs were a little sore from these extra steps that seems like miles at first, but now? I feel great. I have to remember that those extra steps count towards steps to a better, healthier me.
I know that I feel so much better after a good workout, so I decided to pop in my Slim in 6 DVD again and get started. I’m already on my second week and I feel like a champion. I need to remind myself how much better I’ll feel and that really motivates me to do it. Sometimes, you just need a little push in the right direct and trust me when I say Debbie Seibers pushes your butt into gear with these workouts!
Eat Healthier Options!
Eating healthier snacks has always been my downfall, so I thought it’d be fun to get a little creative with my snacks this time around. After exercising, I’ll drink a smoothie full of protein, fresh fruit, and some almond milk, this one specifically includes strawberries! For my morning snack, I’ll have something deliciously simple like raspberries and dark chocolate chips and for my late afternoon snack, I’ll have a vegetable combo like this one: cucumbers and Greek yogurt. When I find that I avoid processed snacks and stick to healthier options, not only does my body feel good, but I’m also in a better emotional state as well.
Getting 8 hours of sleep each night is definitely a struggle for me. I often find myself staying up late to work on homework and blog posts, or just talking with friends online. Before I know it, it’s already 4am and I have to be at school around 8am. While I know I can’t stick to a curfew, I know that if I try at least a few times a week to get in 8 hours of sleep I’ll have more energy to tackle the challenges of the day. Three nights last week I was able to reach my goal of 8 hours and I did feel much better overall on those days. It feels nice when you’re well-rested. Imagine how you’ll feel when you make it a habit! That’s my next goal.
Lastly, it’s important to reward yourself once a week. I feel that if you reward yourself on a weekly basis, you’re more likely to stick with your rewards. Your rewards don’t have to be so extravagant that you break the bank though. You can reward yourself by picking up a new pastime (for me, that’s knitting!), getting pampered with a manicure or massage, or even finding yourself a new outfit– you’ll be amazed at what you can find digging through your closet! I decided to give myself a manicure this week and I can’t tell you how nice it feels to take care of yourself.
The idea of this movement is to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health each and everyday. It might seem difficult at first when you want to tackle it all. But remember that taking small, simple steps towards your health goals will result in you not only feeling better, but also more likely to stick to those goals in the long-run.