coach roland Craeye
I wrote this blog post about 2 years ago. I decided to delete it from it's original stand-alone page and re-
publish it. I haven't been the most devoted blogger, I know. Life tends to take over if you let it.
I could beat myself up about not regularly producing content, however I choose to honor my dedication to the other aspects of my business and life. This short article is about SELF-CARE, the art of practicing
regular routines that support your best energy level.
Our behavior plays a central role in the maintenance of our health, and the prevention of disease.
Recent research shows that chronic stress increases absolute cortisol levels, and disrupts the natural
cortisol rhythm. A broken cortisol rhythm causes the following problems:
· high blood sugar
· weak immune system
· leaky gut
· sugar cravings
· lower fat burning ability
· hormonal imbalances
· DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels reduction
· increased belly fat, liver disease
· depression, anxiety and mood imbalances
· cardiovascular disease
Taking care of ourselves on all levels, or self-care, is an important part of optimal wellness. In fact, mastery of wellness can be considered mastery of self-care. Self-care is a way of living that incorporates behaviors
that enable one to maintain personal health and balance, replenish energy and motivation, and grow as a
We all know the importance of eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity. But self-care goes beyond these basics. Here’s just some of the ways you can take better care of yourself.
Practicing gratitude is the most simple way to become a happier person. Keeping a gratitude journal, or
writing a daily list of things you are grateful for is a pleasant, self-sustaining activity that has been proven
to increase happiness considerably.
Follow your passion and do things you love. In other words, you need to create meaning in your life. Your
life purpose must be consistent with who you are as an individual, or else it won’t benefit your happiness.
Setting intrinsic goals such as intimacy, personal growth, better health, and contributing to the community lead to long term gains in happiness.
Spending time in nature and appreciating the beauty around you is one of the best ways to fight stress.
Silencing your mind to truly appreciate the beauty of something by focusing your attention on that thing
fully so as to actually process it effectively, is a skill you can practice.
Consciously devoting time to the appreciation of beauty by noticing your environment in as much detail as possible is wonderful medicine for your mind.
Learning to recognize your negative thoughts and then quickly changing them to more positive ones is also great for our health.
Soaking in a hot bubble bath, watching a beautiful sunrise or listening to your favorite music are some
ways of taking care of self.
Self-care is a vital part of maintaining good health and a vibrant life, and is a key factor in having the
strength and motivation to continue to give to others.
Build up a repertoire of habits that positively affect your well-being and quality of life. Make a list of ways
you can practice self-care. Schedule these activities, just like another appointment. Breaking this
appointment is not an option.
A healthy lifestyle is built on a foundation of healthy habits.
Creating better habits starts now.
Below is my original video on self-care, shot in 2015.