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Mar
30

Taking Care of Yourself is Branding, Too!

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As business owners and work at home moms and dads, it’s so easy to put ourselves last. We often hear this guilt trip: God first, others second, me third.

I’m here to tell you that’s absolutely wrong.

Shocked? That’s because JESUS should be the center of everything in your life, including your brand! He has called you to be a work at home parent, right? Then you’ve got to be healthy!

That means being proactive. And I’m talking to myself also as I write this. In fact, I chose this topic because I need to do better!

As I write this, I know that I’ve slacked off on my exercise goal and also I have not been taking the right supplements for my allergies. The wind tonight is ghastly and it’s wreaking havoc on my sinuses! If I had been using saline spray I would not have as much of an issue.

Yes, sickness sometimes is unavoidable, but if we take care of ourselves as much as we can we will be in shape to obey God in our businesses.

Here’s a few ideas that I do to keep me on track. Of course, I am not a doctor and never will be a doctor. Follow this advice at your own risk, talk to your doctor, yada yada yada…

1) Elderberry syrup. I try to take a teaspoon daily. Back in 2010 when the Swine Flu was prevalent, my son and I always had our Elderberry Syrup. We were in a homeschooling enrichment program at the time, and everyone got sick. Except us.

2) Find a right balance of supplements. Some important ones that come to mind: Vitamin D3, Magnesium, and Omega 3 as well as a good cocktail of Vitamin B. Be wary of synthetic vitamins. They tend to go right through you without doing any good. I try to stick to whole food vitamins like those found in Garden of Life. We like to drink their Raw Protein Powder as it has tons of vitamins, and probiotics and prebiotics, which are key to good digestive health.

3) Feed your mind with good things. You know, it’s easy to pollute our minds with junk. TV is full of this kind of poison, and so is Facebook. Paul instructs us to think about whatever is lovely, pure, admirable…

Instead of listening to that radio show (and believe me, I love radio shows, especially those that are political in nature), listen to music. When was the last time you let yourself enjoy a song? There’s many of them on iTunes. Very uplifting songs. Make it a habit of listening to at least an album a week as you practice the presence of God.

4) Regular exercise. Full disclosure, this is a tough one for me. I don’t like going to the gym. I have feet problems so walking is difficult. Yet there is no excuse. I can exercise sitting down if I really wanted to! Why can’t I take 20 minutes to get a workout in when I can waste a half hour on Facebook as easy as pie?

Some suggestions: Faithful Workouts and PraiseMoves. I love exercising knowing that my spirit, mind, and body are fully engaged and I’m doing the exercise as an act of worship to God.

5) Consider your eating. What are you putting in your mouth? Why? I struggle with emotional eating. Sometimes I eat as a distraction, to keep me from feeling unpleasant emotions. A great resource to combat that is Thin Within.

Last year I found out I had problems with insulin resistance. I was determined to do something about it rather than end up as a diabetic. I got testing from a naturopath. I went on an elimination diet. I saw a chiropractor. These were hard steps for me to take, but well worth it!

Especially since today I received a huge complement! It is working! A friend of mine at our church service this morning called me over to talk to her. She was animated, asking me how much weight I had lost. I don’t know, I said, because I threw my scale away! She asked what I was doing and I told her that I have been doing keto. She nodded and said that I look totally different (I went from a size 22 dress to almost a 16W) and that I look 20 years younger!

Now when my husband and I went out to lunch after that, do you think I wanted to stick with my plan? Absolutely! I had a steak fajita in a lettuce wrap and absolutely loved it! I didn’t feel deprived at all.

Taking care of your health is an important aspect of growing and thriving as a Christian work at home mom or dad. After all, our bodies ultimately don’t belong to us. We are God’s temple.

And when we take care of ourselves, we have the energy to pursue God’s callings, which includes our businesses. So pursuing a healthy lifestyle will bring you branding success!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dana Susan Beasley, the creator of an online training program called Brand Identity Quest, helps Christian families create sizzling brands so they can build dazzling futures. A graphic artist, writer, and homeschooling mom to a special needs son, she is the owner of AngelArts, an arts agency and publishing house. It’s purpose is to inspire audiences to reach for new heights in their lives and beyond through excellently-designed publications and products using original art and literature. To take her free mini-course, 5 Steps to a Wildly Successful Home Business, click here to start now.

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