• Cathy Holligan

It’s Not Just About the Food

There’s no question the food we eat has a great impact on our overall health but there is so much more that contributes to our well being than just the food on our plates. Self care is a term that is used in reference to anything we do to fulfill our mental, emotional, spiritual or physical health.

Taking time out of your day to do something for yourself may seem lavish or produce a sense of guilt. We live in a modern day society where people are valued by how much they give of themselves to their family, their work and their community. Constantly providing for the needs of others and neglecting your own may result in a host of different health issues such as burnout, excessive stress, anxiety disorder or depression.

Studies have shown that regularly scheduling self care has been proven to improve focus, increase happiness, diminish anger and boost energy. From a physical health perspective, practicing self care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke and cancer. Further, stress wreaks havoc on our digestive systems. Meaning, if you are taking the time to eat a healthy diet but not making the time for self care, it is possible your body isn’t processing the beneficial nutrients from that food.

Don’t let all that good kale you are eating go to waste. Self care doesn’t have to take a lot of time, nor does it have to cost anything and it looks different for everyone. So whether it’s meeting up with friends, curling up with a good book, meditating or learning to play the kazoo, schedule in your self care. Make yourself a priority so you can add positive value to your life and effectively carry out your day to day, without jeopardizing your health.

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