Happiness, fulfillment, and success in life are always the main goals people pursue throughout their entire lives, they spend tons of money and time going to college and then work 8-12 hours 5-6 days a week to achieve their “ideal life”. But doing so, for many, means sacrificing key areas that are more important to health and success than lots of money and a cushy job. It means neglecting the self-care that is necessary to have healthy emotions and a healthy mind, body and spirit.
After all, what good is having a bunch of money if your health fails you and you die early from a stroke, heart attack or cancer? What good is a job if your mind and body are not at their peak and your job is threatened due to the lack of performance in your position?
The answer to these questions is: not good at all.
That is why taking the time, energy and money to invest in yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is so vital. It is important that you make a routine to work out, read and rely on a higher power so that you can be at your very best when your employer, your customers or your family need you to be.
Countless studies have shown that people who work out have more energy and are sharper mentally. From an emotional standpoint, physical activity helps reduce stress, which helps you to handle larger responsibilities with work and family without having a complete breakdown (think the fetal position in the corner).
Neglecting Yourself: The Dire Consequences
We’ve gone over just a few of the benefits of taking care of yourself, but in case that hasn’t convinced you yet, it would be a good idea to go over some of the consequences of not taking care of yourself.
This is the big one. Most people who go in to receive psychological services, go there because whatever issue that needs counseling or medication is often precipitated by excess stress. Many medical problems that require a doctor visit are also due to high stress and lack of care a person takes to manage the stress.
Excess stress also can create friction in your relationships as you are more easily agitated, less likely to have sex and less willing to communicate when stressed excessively. I believe that too much stress could be a reason for why we are seeing a rise in divorce rates in the Western World, since people may channel their stress in a negative way on their spouse instead of channeling it through working out, prayer or meditation.
Since too much stress in your life is so toxic and can drastically shorten your life, we need to make sure we take the time to minimize it. For example, why not get up earlier to work out at the gym for 30 minutes before work?
How about you pray before going to bed and take the time to engage in mindfulness to soft and calming music instead of fretting about tomorrow? As the Bible says, tomorrow will take care of itself and today has enough troubles of its own.
By managing your stress in these ways, you will notice that your relationships will be better, you will handle failure and other stressors more effectively and you will suffer less from depression and anxiety.
Lack of Energy:
Lack of energy and stress often go hand in hand but regardless, lack of energy is due to not taking proper care of your body, mind, emotions and spirit. As I mentioned before, a lack of energy can be due to not exercising enough and you can Google many studies that verify this.
Lacking energy can also be due to over-working, overstressing, not getting enough sleep at night or all three. Your body and mind are like a battery, there is a finite amount of energy stored and once it’s used up you need to get the proper rest necessary to recharge.
Pulling all-nighters with work or studying is counter-productive and makes you more likely to perform poorly on the tasks you are trying to do. Lacking sleep can also cause you to get sick more frequently and make it more likely for you to have heart issues, strokes or dementia later in life.
Toxic people and allowing them to be in your life and control you may also contribute to a lack of energy. If there are people in your life who are negative and put you down, get them out of your life ASAP!
Finally, a lack of energy can be due to not eating a proper diet that has balance and provides everything your body needs to function well. A great example would be eating junk food like potato chips or candy that have no actual nutritional benefit but are still calorically dense.
When you fill your body with these things, it will respond with lower energy and diminished performance. As the saying goes, garbage in equals garbage out. Also, not eating a proper diet can set you up for cancer, strokes, heart attacks or dementia later in life.
Fill your body with nutritional goodness and your body will thank you for it. To get you started, make sure you follow mom’s advice and eat your fruits and vegetable and get a decent number of slow-digesting carbs and animal protein into your body as well.
Eggs, chicken, greens, whole grain bread and bagels, oranges, apples, milk and a protein shake after a workout is the sort of diet I follow and it has worked wonders for my levels of energy.
Social Isolation or Social Problems:
The stress and lack of health due to not taking care of yourself can lead to social isolation. People who are successful in life and take care of themselves often will not want to associate with someone who puts no effort into self-care for their own life. This can make it more likely and tempting to hang around toxic people who also neglect themselves and may even lead to you not having friends at all.
If you want to have quality people in your life you need to become a quality person yourself, and part of this is making sure to take care of yourself.
This can tie in with any of the other consequences and even be a result of the other consequences. When you are stressed, lack energy and/or are socially isolated, it becomes very easy to become depressed since your self-esteem will decline.
If you are obese, stressed and lack good people in your life(last pillar of empowerment) you are more likely to suffer from depression and the above consequences often reinforce patterns of thought that reduce self-esteem.
To solve this, focus on thinking positively and tell yourself that you can improve yourself and accomplish your goals. Keep visiting this site for doses of positivity and motivation so you can change your life for the better.
If you know of any other ways to take care of yourself that I didn’t cover or other consequences of not taking care of yourself, please put it in the comments section. I hope this has inspired you to begin your self-care journey if you haven’t already and until next time, take care!