It is time to get a little selfish, for all the right reasons. It’s time we put our self first if we want to take better care of others. We must take good care of our self.
I like to dedicate a good amount of time to studying, learning, and growing. Some things I learned are common sense, but others are not so. For instance, did you know that most disease and illness is preventable? Did you know that when diagnosed with a disease or illness there is a good chance we can overcome with the tools our body provides?
My eyes open wider every day thanks to people like Dr. John Bergman. Dr. Bergman is a chiropractor who believes and promotes that the body can handle almost anything you throw at it, but only if we practice good nutrition, exercise, relaxation, meditation, and other fundamentals.
The studies extend much beyond this one man (he is only one of the best I have found recently), but he reminds me of one essential point: No matter what, you must take good care of yourself first.
Your body speaks to you. It gives you many signals about the way it is feeling. Your body will tell you when it feels hungry, tired, overwhelmed, stressed, and so on. For many of those conditions, we mask the feelings through medication, drugs, and other not so great short-term solutions. Every single decision we make for ourselves pushes us towards either health or illness.
We must take good care of our self.
“But I don’t have time to take good care of myself!” It’s a great excuse, except not, and for a couple of reasons. You may have others to take care of “first.” It’s no contest that we should care for others who need our support. Consider that if we do not take care of ourselves, we are not able to take care of others. Maybe we are able to care for others still. But can we give them the best care if we are not at 100%? I would argue no.
The beautiful part is that it doesn’t take too long to take care of yourself. Ten minutes of exercise, five minutes of deep breathing and relaxation, making one more different choice to put something healthy in our mouths every time we eat. The possibilities are many, and none have are very time-consuming.
We must take care of ourselves, first, and then help others to do the same for themselves. Nobody can care for you like you. Not your doctor, spouse, kids, parents, siblings, or your third cousin from Canada. Nobody. You’ve got to want to and, most importantly, then you have to do it. The great news is, you CAN do it.