Michael Simmer BS, CSCS, LMT, FST
It is human nature to consistently put others before ourselves. Afterall for most of us, this is what we are taught to do from a young age. It is also human nature to do so while putting our self at risk, working and pushing ourselves to the breaking point both physically and mentally. Often, we as a population tend to push ourselves to a burnout point, overwhelming ourselves with task after task, often putting things we find secondary aside things like social life, going to the gym and sometimes even eating. For most who hear the term self-care, they will probably think pff who needs that, no pain no gain! Well, self-care is not just something that should be an afterthought it is something that should be bumped up towards the top of the list. Self-care is something that can, in fact, help you when it comes to what you consider the bigger picture, it can do this by allowing yourself an outlet to relieve stress in your life, it can help you refocus and in turn making you sharper for the day ahead or for the following day and it can help prevent you from feeling burnt out.
Two of the best self-care techniques you can do is make time for exercise and proper diet no matter how busy you perceive yourself to be, I understand that both of these things will take some time and some money but the impact they can have greatly outweigh those. Think about how many times you or a friend have said man it feels great to get back into this routine (meaning eating proper and exercising.) there is a reason for that! It is you providing your body and mind with fuel and energy, you are making your whole-body connections feel more alert and responsive. This will help you when it comes to problem-solving, thinking of solutions fast and determining all possible outcomes in a given situation, being more alert can only be a beneficial thing for your bigger picture. When it comes to diet changes often, we make the mistake of going for a complete overhaul and that is where we will fail, trying to make the whole system overhauls almost never work in business and in life. Instead focus on narrowing in on small specific changes, like stop drinking soda, limit just carb intake or cut back on those glasses a wine during the week. Making small changes will lead to a bigger overall goal and lifestyle change.
When it comes to self-care it is not just getting yourself into gyms in Scottsdale az and working out with a healthy diet plan, but it is also taking care of yourself once you are inside of the gym. It becomes very easy to overdo it in the gym and that can lead to dangerous results. Once you have started a routine and you are making steps towards your goals both small and large it becomes easy to start obsessing over those goals and in today’s world we want instant gratification or we tend to lose focus and give up on something we as being secondary in importance. Taking the time to treat and fuel our bodies while in any exercise program is crucial, take the time to work in mobility and stretching along with the strength part, realizing when it is time to take a day off to recover, making sure we have the proper breakdown of macronutrients (especially protein) when in a strength training program and taking care of any aching muscles or joints at the onset before the become a more serious injury by seeing a massage therapist. All of these things will complete a strong package that you can continue to build and grow from, I know it is our nature to work to please those around us, Family, Friends, Boss and Co-Workers but we can not those sight of our self, take the time, make a plan and care for yourself.