Do you continually put the health and wellbeing of your family before your own? While the maternal instinct may encourage mums to prioritize everyone ahead of herself, this can be harmful to your own health. To take care of others, you need to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Your health needs to be a priority. The last year has shown us health is precious and that it should be valued. If your goal for 2021 was to make your health a priority, but you have not yet got started, why not start today? There is no need to wait to start a health kick when you can make positive changes at any time. Here are some of the ways that could improve your health during 2021:
Being proactive and taking control of your health may feel a little overwhelming, especially if you are someone that does not usually take care of yourself. You may find it helpful to start by making some small changes and then progress from there. The most important thing is not to pile the pressure on yourself. Taking charge of your health does not mean that you need to push yourself to your limits. If you do too much, you risk injuring yourself or burning yourself out.
All too often, making improvements to your health are based on the idea that you are not good enough the way that you are at the moment. Starting your journey based on a negative notion is never the right way to keep yourself motivated. Instead, you should make your health a priority, not because you have been getting it wrong until this point, but because you deserve to be happy and healthy.
Making choices on every aspect of your body, from your pregnancy options to how you dress, should all be about feeling empowered and not coming from a voice that tells you that you need to improve.
Being gentle with yourself will help you nurture your health without guilt. Sometimes eating that family-size chocolate bar will happen, but there is no point dwelling on it and feeling bad about it. Shifting your focus from good foods and bad foods and choosing foods that nourish you is a great place to start. Making healthy food choices is about eating to give your body the nourishment and nutrients it needs. You should never start a restrictive diet without speaking to your doctor first, or you could risk damaging your health rather than helping it.
Taking small steps is the best way to improve your health in the long term. Setting yourself achievable goals is an excellent way to enhance your fitness and overall health. You may want to start by walking instead of driving or aiming for 10,000 steps per day. Whatever healthy changes you decide to make, the important thing is that you keep doing it and keep making your health a priority this year and beyond.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.