When we talk about health care, diet, exercise and sleep come to mind as key factors in achieving wellness. However, taking care of our mind has emerged as another decisive factor, if not the most important of all. Spending time cultivating hobbies, practicing our spirituality, and fostering our social relationships are key to self-care.
In the last decades we have been stealing hours of sleep and we have normalized it. Who has not studied for an exam the night before. Or watched episodes of a TV series ignoring the signals our body sends us that we need to rest. Time flies when we are scrolling through social networks. Starting the day sleep deprived triggers tiredness, nervousness, stress, and emotional eating, among others. I think it is worth reflecting on this and working to achieve a proper “sleep hygiene” so that rest becomes a helper instead of a handicap in our lives.
Eating well requires home cooking. At the risk of sounding imposing, I want to emphasize this point. Buying minimally processed products and preparing them at home is the best option. You don’t need to be a chef to cook vegetables and legumes in a simple yet tasty way. But you do need to plan what you are going to eat, buy the best quality food possible and spend some time preparing it. A good organisation greatly facilitates the task.