Last week I talked about taking care of your GI system. Taking care of your GI system helps your body function optimally. We also need to take care of ourselves – mentally, physically, and spiritually. We are getting into the time of year when we get so busy it is easy to forget to take time for ourselves. The saying “you have to take care of yourself to take care of others is true.” That includes this time of year when we are so incredibly busy. It also should be true all year long. Schedule some time in your calendar to workout, read, have coffee with a friend, or whatever “self-care” activity you find good for you. Engaging in self-care activities have been associated with increases in self-esteem and reductions in depression.
Self-care includes being in tune with and taking care of your body – which includes checking things out when you don’t feel right. I had a check-up earlier in the year including blood tests. The test results came back, and the nurse called to go over them with me. I asked about a particular test level which looked a little off and she said, “The doctor says it is OK.” I’ve learned to be skeptical and not take something a doctor tells me at face value if: 1) it doesn’t make sense, or 2) my body is telling me otherwise. (Those “normal” ranges on your lab reports are “best guesses” and actually vary from lab to lab. I get suspicious when values are on the low are high ends of “normal.”) I made an appointment with a specialist to get checked further because it didn’t t feel right to me. I saw him yesterday and he said, “Based on those lab results, yes, there is something wrong.” As we started discussing what was going on, a lot of what my body had been telling me started making sense. YEA! I’m now on the path to getting my body taken care of and fixed.
The moral of the story (and yes, I know you’ve heard it before): If you think something is off, get it checked out. Find a good doctor or doctors and advocate for yourself and your body. We each need to take care of our bodies – we only get one.
My hope for you this week: if you’ve been putting off going to the doctor, make that appointment. If you haven’t done something for yourself recently, make it happen in the next week.
Have a fabulous week!
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