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May
13

Baby Steps

One of the biggest challenges of walking the walk is knowing where to start. The ambitious “I will take better care of myself” proclamations can quickly turn into empty promises, especially when we bite off more than we can chew.

Yeah, that usually sums it up...

Yeah, that usually sums it up…

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I don’t plan to set bold goals such as I will lose xx pounds by xx or I will cook home made meals every night. For one, this isn’t just about physical health. And plus, I am my own worst critic, so when I set goals that I don’t meet (for whatever reason) or that are unrealistic/unhealthy (because, really, 30 pounds in a month?), I tend to spiral downward into a self-perpetuating cycle of inwardly directed hatred. It’s funny because I usually consider myself a pretty intelligent person. But when it comes to my own self-perception, the tiniest “failure” can lead me down a dark path. It gets pretty ugly.

There are plenty of plans and goals for The Holistic Nurse: Heal Thyself edition. They are marinating in my mind and will come to fruition when I am ready to share. But I thought I would start with two small changes I can make today. After all, this is all about today…

  • Improve my sleep hygiene. When S and I moved, we decided not to get cable/satellite TV, but we still have high-speed internet. So we utilize the myriad online apps to watch our favorite shows together and on our computers. An unfortunate consequence of this more personalized entertainment system is that I have moved my show-watching into the bedroom. I fall asleep to episodes of Numb3rs rather than to a good book. Not only am I reading less, but I’m sure my sleep patterns have suffered for it. And good sleep hygiene is key to migraine prevention. So today, I banish the iPad from my bedside table, dust off The Emperor of All Maladies (yes, I’m STILL reading it), and lose myself in a good story.
  • Drink more water. I’ve noticed lately that I constantly feel dehydrated. I’ve never been a big water drinker, but I’m fully aware of the health benefits. I even have an app for that. So I plan to use it. Excuse me while I take a sip…

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So there you have it. Two changes I can start making today.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? 😉

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