Self Esteem

Unfortunately for many of us high self esteem and a good amount of “self-love” comes from our perception of our image.  Despite the fact that self esteem should be related to a lot more than what we have and how we look, many people still cannot separate these things from the more important qualities in life.  The percentage of people in this day and age who have a high self-love is arguably quite low.  These days there is a lot of pressure to look good and have a good body, which for many takes a lot of motivation and hard work.  We worry about our family and their health, yet seem to neglect ourselves.  Here are some simple and fun ways to get active and healthy, which may as an added bonus improve your strength and overall body shape.

Fitness and health involve a lot more than just sweating it out – it should be a fun and relaxing time.  Try yoga and meditation to add to your routine, which will not only give you a workout but help you to get in touch with yourself and your body.  Pilates is another form of exercise that is fun and challenging at the same time.  Need something else – why not buy a fitball that you can use at home and get a great all over body workout?  Get a friend to join a gym with you, set goals and a routine that you can manage.  Exercise to music; go to aerobics or buy a walkman to walk in the mornings or during your lunch break.  Continue to encourage yourself with positive “self talk” and don’t give up.  Get involved with a team sport like touch football or netball, it is a great way to meet people, get fit and have fun.

We often put things off in order to please others, especially our friends and family, and forget about doing things for ourselves.  We get busy in our work and home lives and forget about the simple things like going for a walk on the beach or having a massage for relaxation. 

If we have aches and pains, they are often neglected with the excuse that they will “go away”.  This is often not the case and in fact the opposite may occur, where adaptations and compensations develop to cope with the injury or dysfunction.  An example of this is with shoulder pain, which may be from a simple fall or lifting injury.  If left, compensations occur, as muscles or ligaments may be injured and prevent the muscle from contracting properly, due to pain inhibition.  This in turn means that other muscles must take over and work too hard, and therefore become tight.  The whole shoulder becomes dysfunctional and can then put extra strain on other parts of the body, for example, the neck.  This neck pain may in turn lead to headaches, and so on.  By leaving problems because you do not look after yourself as well as you would look after your loved ones may lead to a lot of long term unnecessary pain.  Think about it…if your child came home from school or footy and said that they hurt themselves, you would have them off to the doctor or physio the next day.  Take more time to love yourself, as you only have one body, so look after it! 

By Melanie Roberts

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