The past few months have certainly changed my outlook on life to a degree. Health is something that we all take for granted until we no longer have it and when you’re at your lowest point you’d do anything to feel well again.
I’m currently on steroids to combat my current UC flare and the difference these tiny little pills have made in just a few short weeks is astounding. It’s not a long-term solution though, I won’t ever be cured of this disease but I also know, if I’m being 100% honest, that I don’t look after myself as well as I should.
I think we can all do with practicing a little more self-care in our lives.
Due to being ill I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight – enough to drop from the obese BMI range into the merely overweight one and I’d like to continue this even further so that hopefully I return to the normal weight category again for the first time in a long time. I’ve been back tracking my food and drink using MyFitnessPal for the past week – not dieting as such, more just monitoring my intake. I love to eat out so I’m never going to be a health freak but I’ve been drinking daily probiotic drinks and trying to eat more fruit & veg. It’s tricky though because I have to limit the amount of fibre that I eat.
Exercise and I won’t ever be the best of friends but now that I actually have some strength and energy again I’m finding that I do want to fit more activity into my days. Be that walking, dancing or trying out something new. Tonight I’m off to a hot yoga class with some of the Bangarang girls and I still have some guest passes from the DW Fitness challenge I took part in last year so I’m looking forward to checking out their new London branch. (They’ve taken over the old LA Fitness gym at the Waldorf)
I’ve also been making sure to attend regular checkups for things like going for a smear and getting my eyes tested (my prescription has changed and I need to get new glasses *sigh*) These things can seem like such a bother at the time but they are so, so important and don’t actually take all that much time. So please, don’t put them off!
And you know it’s not just about our insides either, our outsides deserve a little TLC every now and again too. Over the past week I’ve treated myself to a manicure, massage, facial and haircut and none of it was particularly expensive (I’ll be sharing my tips on saving money on beauty treatments with you soon) but the difference that these little things have made to how I feel about myself is amazing.
Lastly, and by no means least, surrounding yourself with friends and family can do wonders for your emotional state of mind. I recently popped home to Aberdeen just for the weekend so I could hang out with the fam and stock up on cuddles from my niece and great-nephews. Despite being there for less than 48 hours it was worth every second and I feel so much better for it.
Are you looking after number one enough? What are your favourite self-care activities?