well being

It is time for an honest check in on how we are really doing. Stress levels are high, exhaustion levels are up, and patience seems to be waning. COVID-19 is a motivating factor for some of us to increase our healthy lifestyles and overall wellness. It has for others become a bit of a crutch and excuse for avoiding healthy choices. An example of this is thinking that it’s okay to eat junk food, drink beer, and lay on the couch watching Netflix all day because of restrictions.

If I give you money will you give me the feeling that you have my back? Could we exchange some cash to solidify our relationship? How much does it cost to get a sense of belonging?

We need to change our dialogue, starting with the dialogue we have with ourselves. Talk to the women in your life about what is happening for them, particularly the new mothers. Talk to your daughters and nieces and don’t let another generation grow up without the benefit of a tribe of women holding them up.

Self-care is a struggle for many of us. We focus so much on getting through school, achieving our career goals, and having (and then looking after) our families, only squeezing in time for ourselves to exercise, travel, socialize, etc. almost as an after thought. We owe this work ethic to the culture around us, sacrificing ourselves for those around us as if it makes us more successful, but the reality is that we do better, and we are better, if we look after ourselves first.

As a culture, we have gotten so good at promoting pushing your body to its limits, becoming stronger, faster, and more productive than thought possible. While exercise clearly has numerous health benefits and is an essential component of any healthy lifestyle, this super-athleticism comes at the expense of the equally important rest and sleep components. All of the cells in our body need rest to recover, heal, regenerate, or even just to do their job. In fact, our ability to push ourselves to our limits, relies largely on the quality of our sleep.

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