Published on July 31st, 2013 | by Becky Castle Miller2
(Blog) My Self-Care Prescription
In my article “How to Feel Better Through Unique Self Care,” I talk about some basic “buckets” or areas of our lives which we can fill with healthy decisions and activities. What we each put in our various buckets will vary widely, because we all have different needs.
So here is my personal prescription for self care. These are the things I know I can and should do to help myself be healthy. I don’t do a great job being consistent in any of these areas, but I can definitely tell a positive difference when I do. Even being consistent with two or three of them helps me feel stronger and more calm. I’m working on building more consistent self-discipline for self care into my life.
When I am my healthiest self:
I eat a protein-heavy diet (especially while pregnant!) with lots of salads and other sources of raw vegetables. My body seems to like dairy, so that’s a great way for me to get calcium and protein. I remember to avoid sugar and the energy crashes it causes.
I sleep eight hours a night and nine to ten hours once a week.
I stay active (biking everywhere as part of our life in the Netherlands is really helpful), do focused workouts at the gym three times a week (cardio on a low-impact machine like an elliptical trainer and either free weights for upper body or the Nautilus machines), and do my Bradley pregnancy exercises to prepare for a healthy birth.
I spend time every day in structured prayer and spontaneous prayer.
I enjoy several sessions a week of alone time, thanks to the help and support of my husband and babysitters.
I do work that uses my best talents and also makes a difference in the world.
I deepen my family relationships by having fun with my husband and children.
I go deep in conversations with trusted friends. I ask for and receive support and encouragement from my mastermind group and my local community group.
Right now, I am not seeing a counselor regularly nor am I currently taking antidepressants, but both were vital to my health a couple years ago. I will be quick to return to these if I ever need them again!
I would LOVE to read your prescription for your own unique self care! Would you be so kind as to share it here?
Photo by Toby Keathley of Shot By The Best for Wyn Magazine.