Let me make sure the subtitle of this post is absolutely clear; I have never read Eat, Pray, Love. It’s probably worth reading, but I haven’t done so, although some of what I write here may be coincidentally related. I mostly just read about baseball.
That being said, these three words have plenty to do with self-care and living an overall happy life. If you read my post about the 40-hour work week, then you know I am a big supporter of work/life balance. Sticking to this weekly number of work hours is a great way to create boundaries. But if you’re like me you probably don’t always carve out time for yourself every day. Whether alone or with others, make time for each of these things every day.
We all know eating is important. In fact, if you stopped eating you would die, so it doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
Everyone seems to be a health expert these days, so I won’t convolute my message with a completely non-scientific dieting plan (I’ll let my mostly unqualified nutritionist, Grant Petersen, take care of that). Instead, I will state what we all know; we all should be eating smarter. Prepare your own meals instead of eating out. Eat less carbs. Ditch sugary drinks (even the non-coffee stuff from Starbucks).
Whether eating healthy or not, my biggest piece of advice for eating is to sit down, kick back, and savor it. No meals at the sink or at your desk. Take a page from our European brothers and sisters and make time for a meal at a table with friends and family.
I am a Christian, so the “pray” piece of this post is pretty standard. For those of us who pray to God in some form, we know that there is an ease that comes with putting your faith in a being far greater than yourself. As a Christian, I believe that God is incomprehensively big, great, and loving to a point that stress often meets its match through prayer. If not prayer to God, then meditation for your emotional centeredness.
Whatever it is you do that constitutes prayer, make time to do it! I do not pray nearly as much as I should, even though it can happen at any time for any amount of time. It is probably more important than whatever you were just doing on Buzzfeed.
Life is too short to not enjoy the things we love. Time with a spouse, friends, family, or hobby is time well-spent, no matter what is on the to-do list. Your list of errands or workload will still be there when you get back, but the opportunity to catch up with a friend or spend an uninterrupted evening with your wife or husband is not available every day.
With the start of another year right around the corner, #SACareer focuses this month’s posts on Self Care. Nestle in with a cup of tea and enjoy some motivational words to get you in a positive frame of mind for the 2015-2016 year.
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