I first met Pamela at FABWOMEN, a powerful women’s networking group here in Richmond. I’ve always been interested in wellness. In fact, I have my Master in Public Health and my focus was on Health Promotion/Education. I always thought I would have a career in corporate wellness but the closet I got to that career was doing healthcare marketing. Pamela has a wealth of wellness knowledge and has a particular interest in helping people with emotional eating issues. During our Personal Branding session, we talked about the importance of eating healthy foods, taking good care of yourself today to prevent tomorrow’s issues. I asked Pamela to write a brief article on 5 Steps to Better Self-Care.
Read Pamela’s self-care inspiring article…
5 Ways to Become Better at Self-Care
First let’s start with what is self-care, and what it’s not. Self-care is:
A reflection of your self-worth. The quality of self-care is tied to how much you value and love yourself. In general, if you value something highly you take good care of it.
Preventing and repairing damage to yourself.
Supposed to happen on different levels: physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual. These levels are interconnected and affect each other. For instance, if you ate mainly junk foods, your body may get run down and some serious health issues may arise, preventing you to work, seeing friends or taking appropriate care of your kids and yourself. You might feel isolated, stuck and start to get depressed. Therefore, we need to prioritize all areas of self-care in order to be happy and healthy.
Not being selfish nor self-centered.
Why make self-care a priority?
Most of my clients come to me with lots on their plate and with hardly time scheduled to recharge their batteries. Self-Care? Not on their agenda. They take care of everyone else’s’ needs first and feel exhausted. Some go back to junk foods, alcohol, drive-throughs, become emotional or stress-eaters, and often drink several caffeinated beverages throughout the day to keep up with everything. No wonder they are on edge most times, feel like crap and wake up energy-depleted. Sounds familiar?
Self-care prevents burn-out, disease, eliminates chronic stress, improves relationships, sleep, boosts the immune system, promotes happiness, focus, performance, and relaxation. It allows you to live according to your desires and purpose (instead of struggling, spinning the wheels, and watching your own life from the sidelines).
5 Ways to Become Better at Self-Care
- Be accountable for you and take responsibility for yourself. Self-care starts with YOU. You are the one in charge here! No one does it for you.
- Before each decision, stop and ask yourself “Does this serve me or is this costing me my health, sanity,…?”
- Get a good night’s sleep, make time for relaxation and mindfulness
- Nourish yourself with healthy foods, beverages and move your body with something that makes you happy.
- Find ways to deeply appreciate, acknowledge and honor yourself, people, and things. Stop for a moment and express gratitude for what happened in your day, and appreciate yourself and others.
I had a great overall experience with my Branding Session. I appreciate the very thought-through-process (before, during and after) with lots of attention to detail and making sure that the right version of me and what I’m all about will come through the images. Kim, thank you for making photo-shooting so very fun, special, unique and relaxing! Loved all of it!- Pamela, on her Personal Branding Session
Pamela Biasca Losada MS (Psychology) is a Certified Integrative Health and Emotional Empowerment Coach. She specializes in defining what’s holding her clients back from having the fitness they desire, beating the path of resistance long-term, taking control of their health and life, developing and tracking their individual-tailored wellness goals so they don’t keep failing. She teaches her clients also how negative emotions are present to guide them to receive greater insight, clarity, inner trust, and confidence. Additional services are eliminating stress, emotional eating, increasing energy, regaining and maintaining health. BEMER Therapy sessions and products to improve circulation, health, and quality of life in both humans and animals. In-Home healthy cooking sessions. Health and wellness classes. Pamela is the co-author of EMPOWER. Women’s Stories of Breakthrough, Discovery, and Triumph. www.PamelaBiascaLosada.com