It Pays to Take Care of Yourself

Nurture health

Dear friends,

All the money in the world won’t buy good health.

For any of us who have ever experienced an injury, pain, or sickness, we know how it feels to wake up unwell and think we’d give anything — anything — for a normal, healthy, pain-free day.

Many of us are juggling a million things right now, and sometimes taking care of ourselves can fall to the bottom of the list. But really, self-care deserves to be one of our very top priorities.

The good news is that most of the ways we can nurture our health don’t cost a penny!

10 ways to care for your one-and-only precious body

1. Get a good night’s sleep. Here are my 7 natural ways to enjoy better slumber.

2. Exercise each day. In the morning while I’m waiting for the coffee to heat, I do stretches. During the day I walk as often as possible, ride my bike, and use resistance bands and weights to build muscle strength. When it’s cold and snowy outside, I run the stairs. Working out doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated.

3. Eat nutrient-rich foods for a strong immune system and healthy bones. The fewer processed foods, preservatives and chemicals we consume, the better our bodies will feel. We owe it to ourselves to eat as many good foods as possible.

4. Drink water. Staying hydrated helps us look and feel better, and reduces headaches and fatigue. Research has shown that drinking water before a meal may even help maintain a healthy weight. If you’re busy and have a hard time remembering to drink water throughout the day, you might benefit from an app like Waterlogged or Water Drink Reminder,

5. Floss your teeth. Dental problems are no fun, and flossing is an easy way to care for our teeth and gums. This simple act has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which might even reduce rates of cancer and other diseases. Let’s floss our teeth today — I challenge you!

6. Have some down time, every day. Meditate. Take a warm bath. Pray. Read. Think. Listen to music. Watch the grass grow.

7. Limit time interacting with digital devices. We all can feel it in our brains when we’ve been online too much, don’t you agree? Push away from the computer. Power off the TV. Unplug from social media for a while. Engage with the real world.

8. Stimulate your brain. Practice your favorite hobby. Write a poem. Do a crossword puzzle. Learn something new.

9. Go outside. Take a walk. Get fresh air. Enjoy whatever today’s weather brings. Notice the world around you.

10. Seek balance. Have you ever gotten sick at the worst possible time? I used to sometimes wake up sick on Christmas morning, because I’d been trying to do too much. Our bodies will complain, and sometimes even shut down, when things are out of whack. A more balanced life will ultimately give us the energy to do the things we really want to.

Let’s agree to honor our health, and make caring for ourselves a higher priority.

How about you?

What can you do today to better care for yourself? Do you have things to add to my list above? I’d love to hear your thoughts and strategies for living a healthier life.

Hugs,

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P.S. Congratulations to Peggy, winner of the book The Prosperous Heart–Creating a Life of “Enough” by Julia Cameron. I used Random.org to choose a winner from among everyone who commented on the Mid-Month Check-In post. Thanks to all of you who shared your amazing money diet progress stories. You inspire us all!

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 comments to It Pays to Take Care of Yourself

  • Multiple studies have shown the health benefits of gratitude. Keeping a gratitude journal (and every day writing down 3 blessings/things I am grateful for) is part of taking care of myself.

  • Susan Trimble

    Thank you.

  • Elaine

    Plant Nanny is a fun app that helps me keep track of how much water I drink each day. If I start slacking on how much water I drink, the plant in the game starts to wither. 🙂 Thanks for this post and reminding us how valuable our health is!

  • Sara

    I work out regularly, I am especially keen to keep my appointment with myself for my weekly pilates class. I usually do a DIY-pedicure on Sundays.

  • Colette

    This one is a hard one for me, but it is so important. I sleep on a 10 gauss magnetic mattress pad, drink alkalized/ionized water, eat mostly organic, and get plenty of sleep. However, I fail when it comes to making time for exercise, relaxing, drinking enough fluids, and remembering to take my vitamins. The key truly is balance. Having the ability to say “no” is important, too.

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