It is essential for every human being to be in tip-top shape and find a healthy balanced lifestyle. One way for us to achieve great health and vibrant life is by practicing self-care. It’s a necessary means to help us to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and replenished. Eventually, this will propel us to grow and attain self-actualization.
Self-care is a process where you’re able to delicately and consciously be in the middle of two extremes: one end lies intense selfishness, on the other end lies extreme self-sacrifice (putting others’ needs before you). Think of it as a continuum.
Nurturing yourself is an important factor in being able to have the strength, stamina, resolve, and motivation to continue to be of help and service to others. This may come out as a cliché, but no matter how generous you are, you cannot give something you don’t have. Thus, if you are secure in your person, it gives you that much-needed push to radiate that self-love to the people around you, be it your partner, family, friends, colleagues, and community.
It’s a time to take stock of what you have been doing and what activities you’re currently engaged in. Most likely, you’re going to find certain activities that you can do without, that is, the time you spend on these activities could have been better spent had you used it to “charge your batteries.” There are countless ways to recharge and practice self-care. Nutrition is one area where you can have direct control. Cooking is a great form of self-care.
The process behind cooking is in itself a form of therapy. Some people find a certain degree of relief and relaxation in the activities behind cooking: grocery shopping, completing a checklist of ingredients, preparation of the same, and the actual cooking process. However, cooking is also a great form of self-care because it lets you know the food that you eat, which ensures that you are eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
Research on the kind of foods that are easy to prepare. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube and other platforms which can help you plan out meals weeks at a time. If you don’t have that much time to prepare your food, you can cook/prepare a large batch over the weekend and just let the microwave do its wonders. If there’s one kind of preparation that’s easy to do and healthy at the same time, that is steaming. Try out its wonders and you won’t regret it.
In summary, the key to a balanced lifestyle is to find activities where you can contribute to others, but also allow yourself some “me” time where you can nurture the things that you hold dear. This will ensure that you will gain back all the energy lost, will propel you to new heights and a better version of yourself. As they say you on the airplanes, apply your own face mask first. This ensures you can then better help others.
For more ideas on how to meal prep, check out one of my earlier blogs below.