Are You Good To Yourself?
As I was driving in toward the city this morning, I realized that I had forgotten to take my vitamins…yet again. I mean well…I really do. I am all about taking good care of myself and my total health. I try really hard to eat well ( see my true confession about my food habits) but, because I am not “food-healthy reliable”, I take some vitamin supplements. After talking with my doctor, we decided that my taking a B-Complex, some Vitamin D, some Iron and some Omega-3 supplements would be a wise addition to my healthy lifestyle. Sounds very simple and straight forward, right? And yet I forget to take them at least once a week. Why? I can’t even begin to answer that because I follow my usual routine, I understand and accept the benefits of taking these supplements and they are right there in my kitchen cabinet. Crazy.
And then, I had an aha moment. I realized that I am no different than my hundreds of patients who come to me as if to confession and beg me to forgive them for the fact that they have not been flossing regularly…or brushing twice daily…or wearing their night guard…or… fill in the blank. You get the picture. We mean well. We want to be good to ourselves. We are not purposely sabotaging our health. But we forget. Or we get distracted. Or life happens. I get it. I really do.
And so, I came to a realization on my drive. We can be really good to ourselves if…we cut ourselves some slack. When we beat ourselves up for not taking our vitamin supplements or forgetting to floss every day or leaving our night guard out once in a while, we are not being good to ourselves. So much of our holistic good health and sense of well being is dependent upon us just being good to ourselves. To be forgiving and compassionate to who we are and to not be so hard on ourselves. Intellectually, most of us really do know the importance of all of the good medical and dental habits that we should be actively treating ourselves to, but we need to give ourselves a break when life happens and we get momentarily off track. Sometimes it is more important to give ourselves some compassionate understanding…we’ll get back on track again. I know I will. Tomorrow, I will take my vitamin supplements that my doctor suggested but for now, I’m giving myself a guilt free evening. Life is good.