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Prioritizing Self-Care

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Since everyone in my family is sick for Christmas, my efforts to strengthen my struggling immune system have been redoubled. I'm one of the few of us who haven't succumbed to the nasty bug going around, and I don't intend to. My sister gave me some herbal tea which is great for strengthening the immune system, and I've been making an extra effort to get all the water I need to fight off any little pathogens. I've been making sure to eat some fruit- I love those little cuties!- and I did a 45-minute walking workout on the treadmill. Since I'm now taking an extra effort to avoid illness, I realize how much I've been neglecting myself. College with working was really getting chaotic. I'm glad I have a couple weeks to get a little better self-care routine before I'm thrown into the fray of college again. Do you ever have those moments when you realize you can't remember the last time you ate a fruit, vegetables take a back seat, and hydration is definitely not on the list next to the ten things that seem waaay more important? I'm not great at multitasking, especially when things coming up take all my attention. Sometimes, self-care isn't the most convenient, enjoyable, or fulfilling thing in the moment. It takes effort, grit, and sweat to break old habits. It's like a personal tough love thing. Yes, it may seem tragically hard to get your butt out of bed in the morning to go to the gym or work out. Water may seem like a inconsequential touch to your daily life. Let's be honest, though- you're never going to regret personal tough love. Each of us have a body and soul we have the responsibility to love and nourish. Loving and nourishing includes listening to our bodies and knowing when to rest, but also it means knowing when to push through. Because we're worth it, and you know all that sweat and tears is going to be worth it too.
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