Being your best health advocate starts with believing you are a top priority and putting that belief into action. Sounds simple enough but how do you start? You start by doing one thing that will move you forward. Start small but just keep going.
Drink (purified) water: Yes you have heard this before and it seems impossible, but let's break this down. According to the Mayo Clinic. "Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day...which should be re-framed as: "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total." (except coffee because that can actually dehydrate your body).
8 glasses sounds like a lot, but the 8x8 rule really translates into drinking eight measuring cups of fluids 8 times a day. Not so bad when you can imagine 8 measuring cups on your kitchen counter. My favorite trick to is to add Simply Lemon lemonade packets. Delicious. And speaking of lemons.
Rest: I schedule a nap at 2 pm every day. Even when I don't feel tired, I at least lie down. And guess what? I don't even feel guilty about it. I am worth that time and so are you.
Meditate/chant/pray/clear your mind: Whatever you choose to do that centers and calms you, do it. My absolute favorite? Meditation Oasis Clearing your mind of chatter is much like clearing off your table. It lets your brain rest. Ever notice that when your table is clear that you take a big relaxing breath at the end?
Get outside: No electronic devices. Just sit and listen. That noise you hear? Those are birds.
Eat mindfully: I am guilty of scarfing down double stuffed oreos, but I do try to actually taste at least one. Your mother's advice was right. You shouldn't swallow your food whole.
What ever your one thing is to be your best health care advocate is, do it. It's that one thing that continues your forward motion. In a world where you may have limited control over many things, always remember to focus on what you CAN do in your everyday life.
To your most worthy golden self!
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