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Time to Put Yourself Front and Center

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us are so busy we rarely think about putting ourselves first. Whatever we need usually gets our attention after everything else is done. Diet, exercise and little breaks or treats often wind up at the bottom of the to-do list.

Does this sound like you? If it does, it may be time to put yourself front and center. When you do, you will be reinforcing your health so that you can continue to do all of the things that you do.

You may be surprised at how much more energy and alertness that you have when you are taking time to take care of yourself. Eating healthy, staying active and getting a sound night's sleep can make a big difference in your day-to-day performance.

Here's how to get started.

Take a good look at yourself - Are you still planning to lose that extra 10 pounds? Are you still eating lots of pizza and burgers? Are you overloaded at home and at work? Do you sleep poorly? When's the last time you went for a walk? List the things you want to change and start making it happen.

Make sleep a priority - Get 7-9 hours every night by setting a regular bedtime, shutting down electronics at least two hours before bedtime, and creating a sleep ritual with a warm bath, soft music or a good book. Eliminate noise and clear the air with an air filter, and use blackout drapes to block out light.

Get moving - Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Walk, run, or head to the gym. Try yoga, tai chi, dancing, or sports. Hike or bike and keep your weekends active. In the evening use a treadmill or stationary bike instead of lounging on the couch.

Journal every day - Clear your head with daily journal entries that help you work through your thoughts and face your frustrations.

Pause to meditate - Take 10 minutes in the morning and another 10 at night to sit quietly and let your thoughts flow unchecked, and not judged. Later you may feel more alert and get more done.

Connect face-to-face - Step back from social media and start reaching out to those around you for coffee, lunch, or weekend parties. Staying in touch with friends and family will generate the support that you need to stay strong and positive.

Make time for the little things - We all need to read stories to our kids, take the dog for a walk, reach out to help a neighbor, or spend a little time in the garden or the garage. When you do, everything else may look a little better too.

You know what front and center means to you. Think about it and then do it. The rest may be amazingly easy.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in.Universal City, Tex.

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