Recognizing Your Worth
As you begin this journey toward improving your health, it is important that you recognize the value of self. In the course of managing all that life brings your way in the form of relationships, work, health, passions and pains, we sometimes get lost in the day-to-day and don’t always take care of ourselves. At Hinge Health, we support you in taking care of yourself by prioritizing self-love, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and ultimately self-care.
Dr. Kristen Neff describes self-compassion as treating ourselves with the same care and compassion that we would treat a good friend. Self-care, in its simplest form, includes intentional actions that promote physical, emotional, and psychological health.
Self-care requires an understanding of your self-worth. Self-care also requires time. You are worthy of the investment. You are worthy of feeling joy. You are worthy of being healthy. You are worthy of shifting what doesn’t make you feel well and what doesn’t work well for you. You are worthy because you are alive.
Start small and then build upon what feels good. Start by taking one small action from the T.I.M.E. mnemonic below and focus on it for a while. If it feels good, try another.
T - Thoughts - One of the essential components of self-care is being mindful of your thoughts and self-talk. Begin by paying attention to your inner voice. What are the thoughts that narrate your choices and activities? Try to turn up the volume on those thoughts. How do they make you feel? How might you soften or redirect the thoughts that don’t make you feel good? Give yourself a squeeze when they don’t make you feel good and keep listening and shifting.
I - Focus on what “I” need - Keep two basic needs in mind: sleep and nutrition. Do you have an effective sleep routine that helps you feel restored in the morning? What does a good sleep routine look like for you and how does it make you feel? What you eat also directly affects the structure and function of your brain according to the growing field of nutritional psychiatry. What can you do to make restful sleep and eating well a priority?
M - Movement - Movement is medicine for our bodies and minds. It provides countless benefits including impacting our mood and helping us access more restorative sleep. What would it take to make even small bits of movement a regular part of your life?
E - Ease - They say laughter is the best medicine and clinical studies actually point to laughter’s many benefits, both physically and mentally. What allows you to feel at ease and relaxed? What brings you joy and makes you laugh? What would it take to add a small moment of ease to your day?
A Hinge Health member shares how the program has supported her in prioritizing self-care:
“I know that if I were to attempt to start an exercise program independently, without the support offered by Hinge Health, it would have been easy to slough it off and return to my inclinations of overworking and underperforming in the self-care department. My coach has given me encouragement to carve out time to care for myself and my body. This has given me both wonderful direction and ample desire to remain responsible for and committed to my health program. I was able to develop and sustain an exercise program that is manageable for my life. And let me tell you: my back, after nearly a year of pinching, soreness, stiffness, and limited mobility, is truly starting to feel good again. I can't even begin to express how wonderful these feelings of gratitude and relief are to me and I owe this to Hinge Health.”