Dear Dad: Money Isn’t Enough
Oftentimes we prioritize money, our professions, friends, other people’s well beings over our personal care and health. This is okay sometimes, however it is important to remember that we do need to take the time to care for ourselves as well! Finding a balance between work and play is crucial for not only one’s mental health but also one’s physical health. We’ve done our research and we wrote this blog to hopefully help you in finding your happy medium.
So first, why is our health so important? Why should you have to prioritize it over work and earning money?
For starters, your health is the foundation for the rest of your life. Investing long term in your health (mental as well as physical) will greatly improve your quality of life. Our health and lifestyle choices play a huge role in the way we live our lives whether it is a positive or negative influence.
Your physical health has a direct and significant effect on your mental health, (Check out our blog on Depression, Anxiety and Exercise for more info about the hormones that impact your everyday life!) which is why it is so important to stay physically active in order to balance your neurochemical composure and improve your state of mind.
Secondly, investing in your health will improve your quality of sleep and de-stress. Exercise and nutrition directly impact your sleep. It’s quite simple:
poor nutrition + minimal exercise = poor sleep
balanced nutrition + at least 5 hours of exercise per week = a good night’s sleep plus you will feel well rested in the morning (maybe someday you won’t even need coffee).
When you are better rested you become significantly less stressed and your anxiety levels decrease. After sleeping well becomes part of your routine, your concentration will improve and your sense of judgement and decision making will sharpen.
Now that you know why it’s so important to take care of yourself, here are some simple ways you can practice selfcare:
– Plan a day to focus on something that doesn’t stress you out.
– Get outside! Walk, run ,or even just sit! Who cares as long as you get some fresh air!- Give yourself a bed time a couple times per week.
– Watch your favorite movie, or if you’re feeling fancy try a new movie.
– Set up a workout routine (pick a time and place that you can keep up with consistently on a day to day basis)
– Find healthy food that you actually like! For example, Pinterest is a great spot to find a way to eat healthy while not making it seem like a chore.
We really hope these help you out, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions! Team NTC has got your back!
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