We often hear people refer to a significant other, a person that they love and care for. But what about “significant self?” Why is it that we often don’t think of ourselves as our own priority in regards to health or showing love and appreciation? When it comes to making ourselves a priority, many people often shy away and don’t think they are more important than taking care of your family. As a result of putting themselves on the back-burner and not taking care of their health, many people are constantly living in an emergency, fat-storing mode which leads to over-weight and under-nourished bodies.
But think about it this way — if you don’t take good care of yourself, how can you take care of others? What kind of example are you setting for your family? Would you want your kids to grow up neglecting their own health? Finally, when people don’t allow themselves to regularly unwind, they end up waiting too long until only chocolate cake, pizza or a bottle of wine will do the trick.
This month we want to challenge you to change your thinking and your actions. Whenever you have a thought that your self-care can wait, remember what every airline stresses in their pre-flight demonstrations: First put the oxygen mask on yourself, before you put it on a child. It’s not about being selfish, it is about being loving and gentle with yourself so that you can take care of your other priorities. Being gentle with ourselves doesn’t mean taking time off at the expense of others. Instead it should be balanced with being kind to others. Being kind to yourself will actually help you be kinder to people around you!
So this Valentine’s Month, try our challenge of taking 5 minutes out of your day and do something special for yourself EVERYDAY. Buy yourself flowers, smell your favorite candle or simply take time out for 300 seconds of slow breaths. Just simple 5-minute daily breaks can help your body get out of fat-storing mode into fat-burning. Remember your significant self and be fabulous!