How are you treating yourself?

There is a quote you may have heard which says: ‘Others will treat you as well as you treat yourself’. How are you treating yourself?

If you’re like many women, the proverbial to-do list keeps life a continual merry-go-round of tasks and jobs, places to be, things to organise and people to care for.

Presenting and being our best takes energy, time and personal care. In the midst of family, work and life, self-caring habits may take the backburner, leaving you depleted, fighting off colds and sensing a lackluster quality for life.

Taking care of oneself is a God-given responsibility, and one that popular evangelist Joel Olsteen rates as a number one priority in life. Understanding that responsibility helps us overcome negative thought patterns that equate taking care of oneself as selfish. This is an old paradigm that needs to be thrown out.

A tired and worn-out mother knows how difficult it is to care for children. An overly stressed father knows how challenging it can be to unwind if the burdens of work come home with him daily.

Here are simple steps you can take to improve the quality of your life through improved self-care.

? Boost your health and immune system with healthy lifestyle practices including exercise, vitamin supplementation and maintaining a healthy weight. Spend your hard earned dollars on life-giving foods.

? Take time to prepare wholesome, home-cooked meals – it is good for the soul.

? Get enough sleep.

? Plan leisure, social and recreational events to keep life fun and interesting.

? Say no to demands that tip life too far out of balance.

? Ask for help from family members when overwhelmed.

? Maintain a positive attitude – others will treat you positively.

? Take pride in your gifts and talents and use them.

? Treat your physical body well. Respect it; it is your vehicle of transport for life. Others will treat you as well as you treat yourself.