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2020 has truly been an unveiling akin to that of an apocalypse. This year has tested us mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
We have been stuck inside our homes for most of the year. Trapped at home stressing about politics, the ongoing issues with racism and the patriarchy, praying for a vaccine. To top that off the annual floodings, storms, and wildfires are getting worse putting a microscope over our very real climate change problem.
And you do what you can. You vote. You conserve energy and buy from local stores. You support organizations that do good and you show kindness to those around you. You learn about other cultures to become a better ally because having community support breeds resilience.
But when you stop and take a good hard look at yourself you don’t like what you see. Through worrying and stressing and taking care of everything and everyone you forgot to take care of yourself.
It’s high time to take care of YOU. You need all the strength and resilience you can muster. Because Covid is not going anywhere anytime soon. We won’t fix racism overnight. We won’t slay the patriarchy tomorrow. And because you want to be your best so you can continue giving your best every single day.
What you can do to enact immediate change in your daily life:
- Eat fewer processed foods. Doing so will boost your immune system allowing your body to fight off illness, build stronger muscles, and to think more clearly. It also creates less waste in the environment. Finally, eating healthy helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Drink more water. Try and have around 3 liters a day. This will keep you hydrated and help wash away toxins from your system. Drinking water has also been linked to reduced stress and anxiety.
- Stay active! Work out for 20 minutes to an hour each day. Doing so will boost your immune system, while again reducing stress and anxiety.
- Practice self-care. Try and make sleep a priority. Manage your stress with meditation, relaxing baths, journaling, etc. And stay connected with family and friends.
It’s not just about being capable
When you look in the mirror are you happy? Are you truly happy with what you see and what it represents?
Even if you think now is not the time to be concerned about your own health. Even if you think there are much more important issues to worry about. The time to take care of yourself is NOW.
I just didn’t like anymore what I saw in the mirror. It wasn’t so much that I had to lose weight but I felt I had let myself down. I had forgotten to take care of myself and I felt far from my best. I knew it was time to make myself a priority.Francine R.
If you spent the last year moping feeling sorry for yourself, don’t worry, you are not the only one. There’s still time to wake up and make yourself a priority. You can be a super mama and successful entrepreneur, you can be a supportive partner and still live in a body you feel completely comfortable and confident in. Whether for you that means being stronger, more flexible, or fitting into your pre-Covid jeans.
Give yourself permission to envision the things your body can do. Whether that means keeping up with your kids who want to climb you like a tree or being a great and supportive friend, a loving daughter, or the fun & sexy partner.
It’s perfectly okay to have goals and dreams for yourself. Because when you feel fabulous in your own skin and you exude that confidence and spunk for life everyone around you will benefit.
The next year is likely to not be much different from the last, with continued social distancing orders and limited social gatherings. There is no time like the present to prepare us for what’s still to come and to get on the road to total body confidence.