love yourself
Published: January 10, 2020
Cutera Inc

Love yourself by investing in yourself - Self-care isn’t selfish!

We live in a time when it’s considered normal and almost required to spend our time, energy, and even love on everything and everyone but ourselves. Why do we put ourselves last and rarely invest in self-care, when that’s the only real way we can thrive? It’s time to realize not only that self-care isn’t selfish, it’s crucial in today’s world.

Self-care with nourishing food

We are what we eat, so by making sure we’re getting enough high-quality nutrients we’re allowing our body to work at an optimal level. Unfortunately, today’s food isn’t what it was 50 years ago, and neither is the soil that the food is grown in. We cannot expect to get everything we need just through our daily meals, so supplementation may be necessary. We’re surrounded with more toxins than ever, from the products we use, to debris, air & water pollution, and other harmful chemicals we encounter from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. Getting enough Vitamin C, D, E, B, magnesium, zinc, omegas, potassium, just to name a few, can help improve our immune system, balance hormones, protect blood vessels, lower inflammation and bad cholesterol, fight free radicals, and regenerate cells. Having a balanced diet full of high-quality protein, carbohydrates, and fats keeps us healthy and thriving for many years to come.

Self-care with movement

Whatever your favorite form of movement may be, performing it on the regular does wonders for your body and mind. Movement helps keep your muscles healthy, lubricates your joints, boosts collagen production, lowers stress levels, and increases the production of the happiness hormone, serotonin. The key is finding something you enjoy doing, as that’s the only real way to reap the benefits. Whether it’s cross fit, yoga, running, boxing, or simply taking long walks around your neighborhood, if it brings you joy-it’s the right thing for you. It will make you look better, feel better, have more energy, and keep your health in check; especially in this very sedentary age we all live in.

Self-care with sleep

It’s crazy how underrated sleep is nowadays. We’re all guilty of replying to emails way past the clock strikes midnight and setting our alarm for those early hours when only the roosters are up, thinking how we only have to survive until Saturday when we’ll finally be able to sleep in… that is, unless we work on the weekend as well. When are we supposed to recover then? It’s no wonder we tend to make poor food and exercise choices when our hunger hormones are all over the place and we have zero energy or willpower to go and work out. Sleeping is the ONLY time our bodies and mind actually recover. Think about it as hitting the reset button and having all of our systems rebooted the moment we open our eyes in the morning. If our reset mode is cut short, our body processes don’t have enough time to update, so what we’re actually running on the following day is some kind of half-updated mode which we keep on postponing all the time… until we catch a cold or get injured and then we’re literally forced to rest and repair. By making sure we get enough quality sleep every night, and not just Saturday and Sunday, we’re investing time and effort into taking care of ourselves and making that a priority.

Self-care with pampering

Sometimes investing in better quality foods, finding the right exercise, and improving our sleep isn’t enough, especially if we’ve been neglecting our self-care for way too long. Finding a good massage therapist, enrolling in a cryotherapy or infrared sauna membership, as well as getting non-surgical body and muscle sculpting treatments like truSculpt iD and truSculpt flex. These non-invasive technologies can give you that extra boost you need to look and feel your best. truSculpt iD works by getting rid of stubborn fat, while truSculpt flex strengthens, firms, and tones the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. By investing in yourself you increase your level of self-care and motivation to make it a constant, rather than a luxury in your life, proving once again that self-care isn’t selfish.

If taking better care of ourselves makes us healthier, happier, energized and ready to tackle anything life throws at us, it doesn’t matter what we start with. We are investing in being our own cheerleader and putting ourselves first, as that’s the only way we can truly be and do our best.

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