The last few months as a clinic intern has really begun to change my perspective on life, especially when it comes to taking care of myself. I constantly hear people saying they "don't have time to exercise, eat properly, meditate, etc". One of the books I recently read had a great quote about improving yourself, whether that is nourishing your body, mind or spirit. The quote stated: "Saying you are too busy, is like saying you do not have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving." Eventually that mentality will catch up with you and you will run out of gas.
It is so important to exercise at least 4 times a week. Try to implement a routine that has a variety of cardio, weights and yoga (check out Nadia's post on yoga).
Establish a spiritual practice, which can have nothing to do with religion. Becoming in touch with your own spirituality allows you to create an opportunity to examine your values and beliefs. When you acknowledge the strength of your body and soul you can begin treating yourself with respect and accepting the best for yourself. When you have respect and love for yourself you can give respect and love to others.
Personally, I believe having a mantra you say everyday can have a profound impact on your life. Your mantra should change as you change and reflect the current state of your body, mind and/or spirit.
I would like to share one of my favorite quotes with you: "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy - they just promised it would be worth it."
Make today the first day you begin to take time for yourself each and every day.
You are worth only the best. Accept nothing less.
Best in health,