It’s a Life or Death Issue
I shared in this post on my Facebook business page about the tragic death of Doug Banks. He was a staple in the urban radio market since the late 70s and his voice traveled with me from California to New York to Chicago. Like too many others, diabetes cut his life way too short and he leaves behind family and fans to mourn his life.
This post isn’t an ode to Doug Banks as much as it’s a reminder that diabetes is a stress-related condition, like heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. When you don’t practice self-care, you are more prone to stress, and stress has cascading effects on your body.
“With food desserts in the poor communities, long work hours, family pressure and more stress from economic challenges, Blacks face a harder battle in keeping a healthy lifestyle. And with the high costs of healthcare, Blacks are unable to get routine checkups to find out whether they have the deadly disease. Credit: Chicago Crusader“
3 Steps to a Low Cost, Time Sensitive Self-Care Plan
I get it. Self-care is hard when you don’t have enough time or enough money. However, there are small adjustments you can make that will have significant positive impact. Here are 3 steps to follow to design a low cost, time sensitive self-care plan.
Get clear about which area you need to adjust
Does your first priority need to be your mind/emotions, your body, or your spirt? Getting clear about the focus area will prevent you from wasting time with practices that don’t solve your problem. Instead, you’ll be frustrated that journaling isn’t helping you sleep better or walking isn’t helping you have calm conversations.
Decide your time and budget
Can you find at least 15 minutes a day or do you have a flexible schedule where you can dedicate an hour? Can you skip Starbucks for a week or is money too tight right now? Once you decide this, you can choose an appropriate activity.
Create a system to hold yourself accountable
There are so many ways to hold yourself accountable. You can create weekly rewards and consequences. Consider scheduling it on your work calendar or phone. Enlist the help of your drill sergeant friend or online Facebook group. The possibilities are endless.
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