The Guide of Essentials For Taking Care of Yourself
by Will Gautreau
March 23, 2018
In life, to be able to enjoy the world to the fullest extent, you need to take care of yourself. I wrote this little guide to help others and inspire people to be in the best condition they can be. This article discusses Diets, Relationships, and Self-care, and how to navigate them.
Have a Healthy Diet
The ways in which we choose to eat can have drastic impacts on our health for better or for worse. I feel as though it is safe to say that the world we live in today is largely responsible for most of the subpar diets we are subjects to. No matter where we go, we nearly always have access to fast food restaurants. As people, we are more inclined to pick up fast food and junk food because
-Fast/junk food often are less expensive than healthier foods
-It is easier and faster to buy
-Minimal or no preparation is required
This lifestyle may be next to effortless which is nice, but it sure is not healthy or sustainable.
Obesity is the #1 cause of preventable death in the modern world and heart disease is at an all-time high. For the sake of our health, we need to start moving in a direction where foods along the lines of fruits, vegetables, and grains are promoted and advertised more than fries, burgers, and pizza. The dietary problems of the world are not fully caused by industries; We are all capable of choosing what we want to ingest and even though we may find it easier just to pin our problems on society or the fast food industry. We need to take responsibility. It is better to have highly processed and fast foods than nothing, but they should be avoided as much as possible.
Tips For Monitoring and Controlling Your Diet
- Keep a food journal
- Refer to a government made food guide
- If possible, visit a dietician or family doctor to discuss what type of diet may be best for you
- Surround yourself with positive influences and inspiration
Changing your diet for the better will substantially improve your physical condition. Here are some examples of how:
-Strengthens immune system
-Reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes
-Improves heart health
-Helps manage weight
Not only does a healthier diet improve your physical health, but it improves mental health as well. Here are some examples of how:
-Helps to clear mind
The Ideal Diet
The diet that is described as “ideal” consists of eating something whether a snack or meal, every 3-4 hours. Each meal should have protein and fiber. Certain things should be avoided completely or used as little as possible in your diet. Some of these things are soy, sugar, oils, alcohol, and processed foods as a whole. In moderation, almost everything is acceptable.
Maintain Healthy Relationships
To be successful in anything (especially life and relationships), you need to have a good foundation to build on. In relationships, these foundations are composed of trust, values, and communication. It is optimal if you are surrounded by people who support you, are kind to you, and help you positively grow and develop as a person. Constantly being around people who are self-destructive, unsupportive, and disrespectful, will only negatively influence you in the long run. The more you are around certain types of people, the more similar you grow to them. I am not saying in any way that you will just grow out of who you are and start becoming someone else when you are around them, but that when you are around someone for long periods of time, you inevitably will pick up some of their habits and beliefs. This is why it is essential to surround yourself with people who will support you, but also are not afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. The best partners and friends are the ones who make you want to be the best version of yourself. These people are so important to have in your life because they are your support system and brain when you do not want to think. There are times you just need to be taken care of and you need reliable, positive people to be there for you.
- Do not keep harmful secrets
- If you are not ready for commitment, tell the other person/people
- Be upfront with your issues and concerns
- Find something everyone enjoys and stick with it
Take Care Of Yourself
We all have our ups and downs for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of what is going on, taking care of yourself should be your #1 priority. When you are at a low point, it is often very difficult and challenging to do the most basic of activities from taking your medication to showering. You need to create a system for when you are in bad shape so you only have to do what is necessary and are prioritized. The easiest way is to take things step by step. It is okay to be in a funk, but the funk is much more manageable when you are even a little organized. Self-care could mean that you put reminders on your phone to remember to eat, drink, or leave your room. Trying to pick yourself up can be a major help. Communicating with other people and letting them know what you are going through is very helpful; Feeling like you are not alone is essential in times like those. Even if you are in a good place, it is still very important to make sure you are doing what is needed to be healthy. No matter what shape you are in, it is necessary to make sure you are doing what is needed for your well-being, every day.
- Keep a diary, log, and/or journal of how you are feeling and what you are thinking
- Get food that can be made quickly with minimal effort so it is easier to eat
- not force yourself to do anything before you are ready as it can make things worse
- Find things that make you comfortable and engulf yourself in