There’s time spent at work.
Time spent with family.
Spent with friends.
We tend to view each of these efforts as separate aspects of our life.
We might even see some activities as being a part of “our life” and others “not”.
Specifically, it’s our efforts to look, feel, and perform our best that we often see as separate from the rest of our “real” lives.
There are “diet” and “exercise”.
And then everything else.
This is especially true when we don’t particularly enjoy those efforts.
This idea of a separation between what we do to take care of ourselves and everything else we do in life is an illusion.
Time spent on self-care and time spent on other pursuits all come from the same, limited, source.
If you don’t enjoy the things you do to look and feel awesome.
Try something else.
Your time is too scarce to do things you don’t want to be an integral part of your best life.
Obviously, if you have a specific goal in mind you might not have as many options.
You won’t, after all, win a powerlifting contest if all you do is play ultimate frisbee.
If you’re just trying to look and feel awesome to a ripe old age, however?
General principles apply to us all.
Manage your stress.
Get some sleep.
Regularly enjoy physical activity.
Prioritize plenty of protein, colorful vegetables, and minimally processed, nutrient dense carbs and fats.
So far as the details are concerned, we’ve got a fair amount of latitude and uncertainty.
So don’t spend your precious time doing something you hate.
You probably won’t absolutely love every single second of everything you do to take care of yourself.
But you won’t hate it, either.
There are options.
Exploring those options may take some time.
It may take some effort.
You’re worth that effort.
You are worthy.
You’ve got this.