Looking toward the new year, I want you ladies to ask yourself this question and then answer it truthfully, with conviction:
“In what ways can I, will I take better care of me this next year?”
Notice, I didn’t ask how you’re going to do better at your job or for your family nor did I ask how you were going to get varying projects done that you haven’t gotten to this last year like cleaning out the garage or clearing the flowerbeds in preparation for spring planting or anything else like that. No, I want you to take some time to seriously contemplate the ways that you haven’t been taking proper care of yourself but have found all the time in the world to devote to everyone else – all that time, energy and care given to others but none spared for your own personal care.
Women’s health issues are front and center in the news these days because we, American women lead the world in the numbers of women who suffer from Breast Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes. Why? Because we don’t eat right! We don’t get the proper amount of sleep nor do we get enough rest. We don’t exercise. We live in constant stress! Americans are also the fattest people in the world and that contributes to our having such high rates of the aforementioned diseases as well.
So what are you going to do this next year to slow down the clock that’s aging you before your time? And for some of you, my question is how are you going to alter and change your lifestyles so that you don’t sentence yourselves to living a lowered quality of life because of some kind of serious illness or worse yet to an untimely, premature death?
I’m on this same journey myself. Losing weight, getting to the gym three days a week and walking daily, eating more healthily and regularly, drinking more water, taking natural supplements to boost my bodies organs and immune system, sleeping at least eight hours a night, and limiting the amount of unnecessary stress in my life and learning how to deal with it, channel it in more productive ways.
I encourage you to think about your life and what you’re missing in energy and vitality. Then decide what you’re going to do about it – to begin toward making a change. Share your decisions with us and let’s help encourage one another to stay accountable to being our better, healthier selves. And to help us, we will be providing tips and guidance via columns written by both non-traditional and traditional health professionals as we walk toward being the best we can be for ourselves, our children and our families.