I turned 40 last week. That’s right, I’m now middle aged. But don’t worry, you don’t have to cheer me up by telling me that “40 is the new 30” or that “life begins at 40.” I’m actually a pretty happy 40-year old. What I’ve come to acknowledge, however, is that my body is aging, and I can’t stop the aging process from happening.
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Since I’m told that my body has to last me another 40 years or so, what 40 has taught me is that now is the time to start taking really good care of myself.
Daily self-care must become a priority (and that’s true no matter what age you currently are!).
Daily self-care is no longer just a desire to live a healthy life but a real life necessity so that I can prevent avoidable health problems from happening to my body..
But whatever age you currently are, if you don’t feel like you’re taking good care of yourself, then now is the perfect time to start a program of self-care.
But before I talk more about how to prioritize daily self-care, let me tell you what I mean when I use the term “self-care.”
Self-care is the simple act of taking care of your mind, body, and soul. (Although it’s not so simple to implement!)
We all know that we need to eat right, drink more water, exercise, get enough sleep, nourish our souls, enrich our minds and limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine we consume in our lives. But how many of us are doing these things on a regular basis? I know I’m not.
Turn Daily Self-Care Into A Habit
When I get home from a long and trying day at work or at the end of a long and trying day of taking care of the kids, all I want to do is sit down, veg out, and have a big ole’ glass of red wine. But in my heart, I know what I really should be doing is eating a healthy meal, drinking a big glass of water, and going to bed at a decent hour.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that one should never settle in with some vino or a pint of chocolate ice cream. (I’m a firm believer in rewarding yourself for good behavior!)
But if indulging in sweets or alcohol or another form of unhealthy behavior has become a routine, then now is the time to start thinking of ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Our bodies deserve to be treated better!
While I like to believe that I’m a fairly healthy person, the truth is that I haven’t been intentional about taking care of myself.
I fit things like exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy into my day, when I think I have the time to do so and when I don’t think I have the time, then I let them go.
The problem with this way of thinking is that I believe that there are times when I can’t fit self-care into my schedule. And that’s simply not true. What I haven’t done is form the habits that are necessary to make these things a priority in my life.
The problem with this way of thinking is that I believe that there are times when I can’t fit self-care into my schedule. And that’s simply not true.
The only way to make daily self-care a priority is to turn it into a habit. And the only way to form a habit is to do it consistently on a daily basis until you no longer having to remember to make it happen. You just do it because it’s become a part of your routine.
I’ve created a FREE Daily Self-Care Planner Printable to help you create a daily self-care routine.
Create A System To Monitor How You’re Doing
Another way to help turn daily self-care into a habit is to use a checklist. I created a note with a checklist in Evernote of self-care items. I can then check off the items I completed each day during my Daily Review.
You can review my checklist here to give you an idea of items to include in your checklist – Evernote – Daily Self-Care Checklist.
There’s also a section to reward myself for good behavior. I’m not aiming for 100% here. I think 80% or even 70% is darn good. It’s still passing and deserves a reward.
I know I’m not going to get to 100% overnight. Truth be told, I’ll probably never get to 100%. But I can keep working towards getting healthier.
It’s going to take small steps at the beginning. Eventually, those small steps will turn into medium steps and before you know it I’ll be running marathons (okay, maybe not marathons, but you get the point).
Daily Self-Care Benefits Not Only You But Those You Love
A benefit of practicing self-care on a daily basis is that it will help prevent avoidable health problems. Practicing self-care will also make you feel better, and when you feel better, you live better.
A bonus to all of this self-care is that you will be modeling a healthy lifestyle for your children. After all, don’t we all want our children to grow up to make healthy choices in their adult lives?
Practicing self-care will also make you feel better, and when you feel better you live better.
So let’s be intentional about making healthy choices in our lives.
Try using this checklist until making healthy choices on a daily basis becomes a habit. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but my goal is to keep at it for as long as it takes.
Will you join me in getting intentional about daily self-care?
You can request your FREE Daily Self-Care Planner Printable by clicking this link.
I’d love to hear your plan for staying healthy in the comments section below!
With Love and Joy,