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Self-care minus the guilt: how to put yourself first in just 5 steps

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By Deb Harrison

When you take the step towards self-care, one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face is guilt. Looking after ourselves doesn’t always seem right when there are so many other things on the list. Not only can we question whether we’re even worthy of self-care, this vital element of good health can be overlooked altogether. But it doesn’t have to be this way – even when you’re working far away from home…

1. Get your support structure in place
There’s no doubt change can be a challenge, but this can be overcome by joining a group of others striving to become the healthiest versions of themselves. The journey becomes clearer more focused and determined as you encourage each other to succeed.

2. Discover what makes you feel good
We’re all so different that finding whatever puts you into a mode of happiness is very much an individual thing. You could read, listen to music, withdraw from crowds or surround yourself with people. Take time to learn what lifts your spirits and who brings out the best in you.

3. Take time to be in the present
Meditation can be as simple as focusing on deep breathing for a few minutes at a time, clearing all other thoughts from your mind. This technique brings you back to living in the present moment – which is all that counts really, when you think about life!

4. Make your consumption count
The food and drink you consume influence your health, ultimately determining how much you live life to the full. Aim for 2 litres of water per day, remove (or limit) sugar ladened drinks, caffeinated energy beverages and alcohol.

5. Prioritise regular physical activity
While it can be hard to exercise when you’re working long hours and away from home, but a fitbit step challenge is a simple way to start. Within your room, there are simple movements that can be done in 10-15 minutes without equipment.

When you feel better about YOU everything else around you does too. By taking these steps towards self-care, you’ll soon feel accomplished physically and mentally. Even the simplest of actions can help – simply standing for a few minutes every hour kickstarts metabolism. The further release you achieve through exercise is the happy hormones that are key to a better you.


As a corporate men’s health and vitality workplace educator, Live Life You founder Deborah Harrison offers remote health solutions using evidence based programs with simple steps that change lives. Deborah helps people understand the importance of improving preventative health outcomes through fitness, easy to implement lifestyle changes and a mindful approach to self-care.

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