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Jan 14, 2020

When was the last time you made time for an old friend? Have you scheduled your annual appointments for medical and dental care? Did you use all of your paid time-off last year or were you so bogged down with the important work you’re doing that you let it lapse?

 

Self-care; that sounds like one of those touchy-feely new-age terms popular with residents on the left coast of the United States, but take a step back and think about the term, the harsh reality that in this modern world between our professional lives and the demands from family and home, it can be very easy to become over-scheduled and forget to take care of our own needs.

 

Self-care includes five specific categories: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and professional; if you look back over the past weeks, months and even years have you done an adequate job of making the time for the most important person in your life? This sounds self-absorbed, but it’s not; each of us are the most important people in our lives because if we do not take care of ourselves we lose the ability to be the best version of ourselves for others. 

 

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a board-certified OB-GYN and the medical correspondent for ABC News experienced a few dramatic changes in her life that caused her to review how well she was making time for her own self care. A relentless self-improver and always keen for a challenge, Dr. Ashton put aside feeling “selfish” for taking care of herself and set out on a Dry January challenge—giving up alcohol for one month after the holiday season. The results were shocking: giving up booze had an enormous impact on her mind, mood, body, and attitude. The experiment reinvigorated Dr. Ashton, and she decided that she didn’t want just one month of self-discovery and feel-good benefits—she wanted an entire year!

 

On this episode of All About Fitness, Dr. Ashton joins me to talk about her self-care journey which resulted in the book, THE SELF-CARE SOLUTION, where she was both researcher and subject as she focused on twelve separate challenges over the course of the year. We talk about the different components of self-care and how you can apply them to your life in order to achieve optimal health. This is a fun and lively conversation that will have you thinking about how you can take better care of the most important person in your life.

 

 

For insightful tips that can improve your self-care, follow Dr. Ashton on Instagram: @drjashton

 

 

 

Exercise is only one component of self-care, to learn how to use it to enhance your quality of life, pick up a copy of Smarter Workouts: the Science of Exercise Made Simple

 

 

To see the types of exercises and workouts that you SHOULD be doing, follow @PeteMcCall_fitness on Instagram or check out the All About Fitness Podcast channel on YouTube - new workouts posted every week.