We don’t stop playing because we grow old,

We grow old because we stop playing.

~George Bernard Shaw

 

As I was pedaling along the Atlantic Ocean, fully immersed in a captivating podcast, an advertisement momentarily interrupted my tranquil ride. “You have to feel good to look good and you have to look good to feel good,” the voice proclaimed.

My initial reaction? A resounding “Yikes!”

It struck me, which truly comes first?

Ah, the age-old conundrum.

But as I pondered, it all circled back to the fundamentals. Are we tending to the basics?

Are we nourishing ourselves with ample fruits and veggies? Engaging in activities like walking, biking, swimming, or perhaps indulging in a little impromptu dance session?

Self-care reigns supreme, yet often, amidst the chaos of life, it slips down our list of priorities. So, what’s the remedy?

In every piece I’ve penned, I’ve underscored the importance of self-care. Whether the topic is finances, aging, shedding unwanted weight, or taming the incessant chatter of the mind, it all begins with the basics.

To feel good, we must first care for our bodies. And once we attend to our physical well-being, the glow of looking good naturally follows. There’s no definitive starting point; it’s a cyclical process.

Since attending Tony Robbins’ transformative events, I’ve revamped my morning ritual.

Now, it begins with priming—a practice I’m indebted to Robbins for introducing. This entails intense breathing exercises followed by a whimsical 15-minute dance session to my curated playlist.

Then, I delve into a gratitude meditation, acknowledging the blessings that enrich my life.

Subsequently, I proceed with my morning routine—tending to my beloved animals, nurturing my plants, and ensuring my husband starts his day with a steaming cup of coffee.

From there, it’s either a scenic bike ride or a session on my trusty rowing machine, accompanied by a leisurely stroll with my faithful companion, Gracie.

Perhaps you’re reading this and thinking, “How on earth can I fit all this in?”

And I haven’t even touched upon my weekly meal prepping for my days at the psychotherapy practice, sorting through a plethora of emails, or advancing my two forthcoming literary projects—a weighty exploration of releasing guilt and a captivating historical fiction starring the indomitable Abbie, set in the 1800s.

I’m no stranger to long hours—a solid twelve-hour stretch with only a fleeting 15-minute break.

But guess what?

Amidst back-to-back telehealth sessions, I squeeze in 20 chair squats, a gentle reminder that movement is non-negotiable.

For in-person appointments, I make it a point to traverse the entire office lobby to greet each patient personally.

Movement, once again, takes center stage.

Take a moment now, if you will. Close your eyes and reflect on your day. Are you incorporating enough movement? Fueling your body with wholesome, nourishing foods? Cultivating genuine social connections, offline and away from the screen?

And let’s not forget about hydration—are you drinking enough water?

I understand that none of this is groundbreaking. You’re likely already familiar with these concepts.

But as they say, knowledge without action is akin to a ship without a sail.

As a therapist, I’ve guided countless individuals through the labyrinth of weight management, mental health, and myriad other challenges. And invariably, we always return to the fundamentals.

That, my friends, is the essence of self-care.

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company, simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you. What you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned… you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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