It’s valuable to check-in with ourselves occasionally about how truly caring our self-care routines are.
If a treat at the end of a stressful workday is a big bowl of ice cream or M & Ms, and it’s on a more than occasional basis, it might be time to examine how we define our treats and how we reward ourselves.
The activities we choose when we need comforting, whether a hug from a friend, a glass of wine, a yoga class, a candy bar, a hike or a run all send messages to our physical and emotional selves.
While treats may seem like a reward initially, what high-calorie, low nutrition foods really do is anesthetize us. The result is essentially an assault on our bodies. While our bodies can be remarkably resilient, there is a tolerance limit. Approximately 85% of chronic illnesses are related to what we eat, how we move and how we handle stress. Over time, when we send frequent messages of disregard and neglect to our physical selves, we change at a cellular level. We can quietly slip into a sort of slow decay or breakdown mode. Our cells start renewing at a slower rate and we have less pep in our steps. That happens naturally with age, and this pattern can inhibit cell turnover. Good news is, it’s never too late to make changes and start sending messages to our bodies of care and respect.
Develop a list of your favorite comforts, indulgences and rewards. Are you rewarding yourself in a way that supports your future health?
To your good health!
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WHS Wellness Center
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