Importance of a Self Care Routine!

FIRST – Let me introduce you to Jax- Huskies love the snow and pulling.  It’s more like him taking us for a walk.  The sunshine bonus was much needed after consecutive winter storms leaving our trails unrunable/barely walkable.  Spring is in sight.  This was yesterday at a local park in Nova Scotia.

Happy Sunday-  today is Daytona 500 if you are a Nascar fan.   On the heels of Superbowl Sunday there is no shortage of things to watch.

So this has been on my mind, have  you ever struggled with something that you have tried to resolve multipe times, exausted boat loads of energy and still have fallen short?  Engaged the wrong resources or people, wrong thought patterns,  it could be a million different things.

An established self care routine will help you navigate any storm and draw upon your winning mindset!

What I have come to know is while  going through painful and growing life experiences -a key part of self respect is never allowing your truths to remain closed for discussion.  Our story is ours to own-no matter how hard it is!

It can be enlightening and a teaching moment for others.

I read a blog on Weight shaming and Diabetes- yesterday.   This truth came to mind  – “what someone else thinks about you is none of your business”!  Totally love this.

What struck me about the article is the amount of pressure out there still- to be like someone else rather than simply being the best version of a healthy you!     In your own families, yes you can set healthy habits and try to do the right thing all the time, but that can become very exhausting.   For example- in my own personal life, water sport, physical fitness etc are huge loves-they are not loves for others in my family.  While I may think someone in my family needs to have less meat,  they may think I need to not get up at such ungodly early hours of the morning.   We are all working on different things!   Many right now  need to work first on mental health after this covid crisis.  FOCUS ON YOU!   Then you can bring the best version of you.

Here is another saying – you cannot expect things to change if you keep doing things the same way!

You should not make it a goal to change another person, but you should make goals for personal growth.  Stormy seas do eventually calm – and the result is breathtaking.

Here is a basic plan I follow and have for years:   This is foundational for my strength to age well, reach my goals and be there for people I love in my strongest form.

  1. Set an established self care routine.(exercise, meditation,  foods I like, paddling). Don’t let myself down!
  2. Set Goals ( short and long term)Business/Personal
  3. Understand Self worth is not determined by others.
  4. Find the sunshine!
  5. Reduce toxic interactions – people/social media/ food.

Let’s talk #4:

Scientifically, sunshine has a lot of benefits for our bodies. Here are six great reasons to get outside and soak in the sun.

1. Improves your sleep

2. Reduces stress

One of the best (and easiest) ways to get vitamin D is by being outside. Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight—about 15 minutes in the sun a day is adequate if you’re fair skinned.

3.  Helps keep the weight off

Getting outside for 30 minutes sometime between 8 a.m. and noon has been linked to weight loss.

4.  Strengthens your immune system

Vitamin D is also critical for your immune system, and with consistent exposure to sunlight, you can help strengthen it. A healthy immune system can help reduce the risk of illness, infections, some cancers, and mortality after surgery.

5.  Fights off depression

It’s not just in your head; there’s a scientific reason being in the sunshine improves your mood. Sunshine boosts your body’s level of serotonin, which is a chemical that improves your mood and helps you stay calm and focused. Increased exposure to natural light may help ease the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder–a change in mood that typically occurs in the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight.

6.  Can give you a longer life

Of course, a little sunshine can go a long way (and too much is harmful for our skin). Depending on the shade of your skin, your body can produce vitamin D in about 5 to 30 minutes in the sun. If you’re wearing sunscreen, you may not produce as much vitamin D. If you’re outside for some much-needed vitamin D.

I offer an amazing Vitamin D !

YOUR Best Life! Inside and Out…….

Danielle Pointon

Live Blue Consulting