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Do you take good care of your body?

How well have you taken care of your body throughout your life?
I'm shooting for longevity so I try to eat right and exercise moderately. Never drank, smoke or did drugs. I'm 28 and I usually get 20 to 23 when people guess, clean shaven anyway. How do you take care of yourself mentally and physically when you have limited time and/or energy?
What do you prioritize and what do you let slide? I’m sure it’s different for everyone but I’m curious. The better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of everything else
Some of us give so much to our families, careers, friends, or other pursuits that we let ourselves go.
At first, we may get by.
Eventually, though, we've nothing left for anyone or anything.
The better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of everything else.
You've got this. And by 'take care' I mean purposefully abstaining from 'unhealthy' activities such as smoking and using "hard" drugs, and staying within an optimal body fat percentage range, etc. I realize that this is by no means a clear definition but I hope that you can understand what I have in mind.
Now, it seems to me that, if our governments were to ban the usage of all harmful substances by their civilians, this would surely be unethical, would it not? Wouldn't we be then having our autonomy taken away from us? Or to ban people from the country who exceeded the body fat percentage limit? This would surely be taking away our freedom to do as we please with our own body, correct? It cannot be said that the state 'owns' our bodies, right? I ask this because, then what is the difference with denying yourself these pleasures in ethics? Why is your state denying you the use of drugs and having the capability to become obese unethical, if doing the same yourself isn't? But, it also seems to me, on the other hand, that surely it would be unethical to force or coerce someone into practicing an unhealthy lifestyle, right? To bring about an influence upon them which would ultimately cause them harm? Why would it be different with your own body? Where do you draw the line and why? It seems that it might be both unethical to damage ourself in this way, whilst also unethical to allow someone to take away your freedoms to do so. When did you really start taking care of your body?
I'm in my late 20s and just now really focusing on a good diet and workout. I've been scrawny my entire life. Wish I would had started earlier. When do y'all start getting your shit together? Hi. I want to say first of all that I've googled this a lot and have been kind of overwhelmed with the results. I just don't know how to take care of myself at all, and I'm so spacey and absent minded I just forget to even think about things... and it's driving me crazy. It has a terrible impact on my self esteem. I'm automatically avoidant of people who look really well put together because I'm just afraid that once they get a close look at me they're going to realize just how much my life is in shambles. I mentioned this to a therapist I saw last year for a while, and she didn't seem to understand how deep this issue runs... she was like, you need to figure it out for yourself, but I don't know how. I'm so lost. I wish I had a mentor who could teach me... like someone who would come live with me for a few months and guide me through each day, reminding me to do necessary things that people do.
So... ignoring that pipe dream... what do I do? I'm feeling so overwhelmed and sad right now. I am going to admit some things that I am ashamed of right now because I need help. I don't really know how to do basic hygiene. My parents never really showed or taught me how, and I swam a lot as a little kid (every day), so I just washed my hair in the showers after swim practice with my friends, and that was good enough. I never smelled or anything. Then once I stopped swimming I gained a lot of weight and I pretty much never showered. Teachers called my parents to tell them I smelled bad and that felt horrible, but they just kind of insulted me. I think I was just really unhappy and depressed. But also I just didn't know what to do. And now once again I'm in a situation where I'll catch a whiff of myself and I don't like it, but can't tell where it's coming from. I think my clothes are clean, I think I'm clean, but then I'll suddenly realize like hours later I've been wearing the same bra for too long and that's probably what I smelled. But I'm still not sure. I love when things smell good (me included) and I don't even know where to begin. What am I skipping? (Probably everything.) I also don't know how to take care of my apartment. And my cat. And myself. I don't want to have to depend on someone else, but I need your help right now... please. I've googled, but it's all so overwhelming, there's so much, and it all just kind of assumes I know how to do everything but just haven't been doing it. If it seems like a really obvious answer... it probably isn't. I want to really enjoy my apartment and being with myself... I want to know that I am "someone who takes care of herself" but I just don't really know how. I thought about taking a life skills class but it was only for people younger than me, and I just feel so ashamed for still just not knowing what to do. What should I be doing every day? If it seems like totally obvious and you want to gloss over it... it's not obvious. If I ask for clarification and you're thinking, "she must be joking," I'm not... Please help. I had the same horrifying experience all throughout high school with teachers humiliating me to the class about how I smell. This is still something I struggle with on a regular basis and I'm almost 24 with a full time desk job. You have a lot of good tips here, so instead I'll let you know you can DM me if you ever wanna talk. I 100% get it.
It sucks to grow up and realize you totally missed out on some shit that's seen as "common sense". I can relate, although my lack of knowledge was more about how to call people to make appointments or get utilities turned on/off and how a lot of stuff like that works. I'm a pro, now!
If you live anywhere near Seattle I'd be happy to show you how to do household stuff! I'm totally self taught on that, also, as well as hair/makeup/clothes, as my mom taught/modeled zero of any of that. I work as a caregiver in a facility, and end up bending my knees a lot (trying to avoid lifting with my back!). Lately I've noticing that my knees hurt, like, all the time. I'm not okay with this considering my age - I don't want it now, and I definitely don't want to know how much worse it could get.
Then I did something to my back trying to get my truck out of the snow, went skiing, and danced for 2+ hours tonight at a NYE party (merry 20XX everyone!)... overall I'm kind of nervous about the state my body is going to be in down the line.
How do I take care of my body when I need/want to use it to it's fullest capability?
Incomplet · 18-21
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Did you dump every thought you have onto this page?

Everything after the 2nd paragraph is like you're high on drugs and tripping. Seriously! It's a book, I can't even figure it out.
Very rambling, jumps from thoughts to questions to ideas to life events and other things.

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