Let me start off by saying, the decision starts with you. Is that my secret? Well, not exactly, so just keep reading to find out.
So many times I meet individuals who tell me that they want to change, but don’t know how. Even with me I sometimes find myself wanting something so bad, but I can’t seem to put one step in front of the other to get to where I want to go…
I bet there has always been a time where we find ourselves saying:
I want to go to the gym, but…
I want to eat right, but…
I want to start my own business, but…
It makes you start to hate the word, “but” all together.
As a health coach, it is extremely important for me to remember that the most I can personally do for my clients is to help them gain knowledge that they didn’t have before, support them and encourage them throughout their personal health journey. In other words, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him/her drink it.” It’s hard to cope with this at times because I see that so many are so thirsty for change in their life.
Are you the friend who is always down to help out everyone else, but when it comes to putting in the hard work for yourself, you fall short? Trust me, we’ve all been there. Truth is my best kept secret is no secret at all. In fact, I believe that it is mere common sense.
It’s that “we must take care of ourselves” annnndd like I said before, the decision starts with you. Self-care is one of the most important things we can do in our lifetime, yet so many ignore when they need rest, when they need to exert some energy through play or exercise, and even when they need to eat. Many often ignore it when they need to be alone and away from the crowd as well as when they need to step out, be more adventurous, and surround themselves with family, friends or even new acquaintances.
It’s important that we take a bath once in a while, listen to the quiet (that’s right—cut off the TV and you’re phone for a day or two), as well as listen to your body after a meal. Take care of yourself. I can talk for days about how paying attention to how you feel and treat yourself can affect your health overall and also your self-esteem, but I think we already know this. I could then go on about how our overall health and self- esteem then begins to affect the way we treat and care for others.
So can I ask you a few questions? No pressure. When’s the last time you took a bath? Not a quick shower just to make sure all the dirt was off. A real bath; the kind with some lavender epsom salt, maybe some soft music playing and the lights down low? Yes, that’s self-care.
When’s the last time you read a really good book about a topic you were actually interested in or passionate about? Not just floated through your news feed on social media, letting any and everything find a place in “your” mind; but instead learned something new and valuable to your well-being?
Ahhh, yes. Do you get it now? What does taking care of yourself mean to you? Believe it or not, eating right, exercising, and even doing something like starting your own business are all aspects of self-care.
Although I call it my best kept secret, I am pretty sure you already knew about it.
After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church– for we are members of his body. (Ephesians 5:29-30).
Thanks for reading. Take care of yourself.