Today I would like to talk to you about a topic that I am continuously working on. I would like us to discuss for a moment the importance of taking better care of ourselves. Many moons ago I decided that I would change the way I live my life, that I would put myself first and take better care of my body and my mind. I started a weight-loss journey back in 2013 and have done well until the end of 2015. I blame it on me getting sick and being overwhelmed with work and school, but as I am writing this, I know they are really all excuses to justify why I am not actively working on myself. It seems as if I have hit a sort of rut, where I just want to lay around and not do anything. And that is not good. Not for my mental sanity (who likes to stay inside all day?), nor for my body. 

The key is to find happiness in the little things while giving ourselves time and room to lead a toxin-free life

The realization that I need to take better care of myself also dawned on me after I came back from my dental appointment - my very first in years, and especially in the United States. I was very apprehensive, because my gum has been bothering me this whole week, leaving me with no other option than to make my way to the dentist. The service was great, but as I had feared, it wasn't really the gums the problem. The doctor found wisdom teeth than need to be removed, and fillings that need to be replaced. So now I have to schedule an oral surgery - which is very frightening to me for some reason. Anyways, the point is, that after my appointment I stood outside contemplating this whole situation. I realized that being fit was a good idea, but it didn't stop there; I really needed to take better care of myself.

Just like it is important to tune a car, it is important to pay attention to our bodies. We only have one body, and for that reason, we need to treat it as if it was the most precious thing in the world. It is important to put ourselves first, because if we are not happy and functioning the way we want to, then we cannot give our best to society. The cycle of life. You get what you work for. And if we are trying to be the better versions of ourselves, if we are trying to look better and feel better, then the work must start with us. We need to take better care of ourselves. As young as we are, it is important that we start early too, by working out, eating better, practicing mental breaks by doing the things that relax us, be it going on a trip, reading, painting or meditating; by being kind to ourselves (mother-yourself), by scheduling all the necessary doctors appointments and making them. The key is to find happiness in the little things while giving ourselves time and room to lead a toxin-free life. By toxins, I don't just mean junk food, but also negative relationships, bad jobs, bad habits, cultivating low self-esteem when it comes to our bodies based on what the society's standard of "beauty" supposedly are... You get the idea.

Of course, I know myself, in a few months down the road I will most likely have forgotten all that is said here. Good thing that the writings remain when the words have long gone, uh? As such, and because I am being honest here, I'll probably come back throughout the year to share some additional thoughts on this whole "taking care of myself" business. Until then, feel free to share your two cents on the subject, and as always, take care.

K.

4 comments

  1. I agree with everything! Instead of setting goals that are too unrealistic, the small, almost effortless things we can do day by day count.

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  2. Really great post. I do think we often get so overwhelmed and wrapped up in every day stresses that it can be very difficult to remember to check in with ourselves - both to check in emotionally and to check up on our health. I am sorry to hear about your dental surgery but I hope everything goes well.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Hi Rae,
      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I hope it all will go well as well :) And I agree with you - it is quite easy to get sucked into our everyday stresses, but we must fight this deadly spiral.

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