Self-care takes different forms, depending on the situation and person. Lighting a candle. Enjoying a slow coffee and breathing deeply. Taking a walk. Spending time with a friend. Choosing healthy foods. Each of those has its place. But when life feels like it's spiraling out of control, self-care may be the first thing to go. How do we stop that from happening, to make ourselves more … [Read more...] about Is it Self-Care, or Is it Stewardship?
When we decide we're ready to take a healthy step forward, we set out determined. We prepare to take action. Inside, we're not sure we actually can reach our goal, perhaps, but we jump in anyway. Call it optimism, or craziness. Our resolve may last five minutes, five weeks, five months. We have fits and starts. And it can be easy to beat ourselves up over the fits and restarts. But as we … [Read more...] about Step 31: Celebrate Each Success, and Begin Again
Sometimes, especially if we have others to care for, we can let our attention on ourselves slip. When's the last time you met with your healthcare provider? Is it time to catch up on your preventive screenings and diagnostic tests? Achieving our best health depends on making healthy lifestyle choices - what we eat and drink, how we move and sleep, how we handle stress. But we also need to … [Read more...] about Step 29: Catch Up on Preventive and Diagnostic Tests
Got a headache? Drink water. Think you're hungry? Drink water. Feel lightheaded, dizzy, or brain foggy? Drink a glass of water. Water may not fix your problem, but it's a good start. Because most of us don't get enough of it. U.S. youth in 2005-2010 drank an average of 15 ounces of water per day, and U.S. adults drank an average of 39 ounces of water per day. That's according to the … [Read more...] about Step 21: Go Drink a Glass of Water
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. -Robert Collier Routines help create healthy lifestyles, because they free our brains for other tasks. Even if the idea of a routine seems boring or stifling, establishing habits for a few less-enjoyable tasks gives you more time to dream, problem-solve, and choose fun. For example, nearly every day for breakfast, I eat the … [Read more...] about Step 19: Create Some Routines for Overall Health
What health problems are the most common in our country and world? Chronic disease and conditions. And they're also the most costly. In the U.S., 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic respiratory illnesses lead the … [Read more...] about Step 18: Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease