Welcome to day 8 of this year’s A to Z Challenge! I wrote about why I chose ‘Self Care’ as my theme for the challenge and I’m really enjoying writing about it during April. Today’s letter is ‘H’ so my self care word is ‘Health’.

Now obviously sometimes there are aspects of our health that are out of our control. People suffer with physical and mental health problems that they certainly haven’t brought on to themselves, but there are things that we can do to look after ourselves to keep as healthy as we can be.

I used to smoke a couple a day for a year or so, but I stopped 4 years ago and have never looked back. I knew it was bad, I knew it was grotty but at the time I quite enjoyed it and I knew that as soon as I wanted to quit I would, and I did! Likewise with alcohol, I very rarely drink and two pregnancies within two years has made it even more of a rare occurance! When I do have a tipple, it’s something I enjoy and not to excess.

Now I’m not a health nut, I’m terribly lazy about going the the gym, I eat pretty much what I want when I want, but I do genuinely enjoy healthy food and drink and I like how I feel for eating properly too. I enjoy running and loved completing my first ever 10k last summer just before I fell pregnant again, I’m also hoping to do my first half marathon next year.

Me after completing my 10km run, through which I raised money for the Alzheimer's Society

Me after completing my 10km run, through which I raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society

To me, looking after my health means that I feel better in myself and I also know that I’m doing what I can to ensure that my husband and children have their wife and mummy around and able to live life to the full with them. That’s what life is about for me and the happiness I get from family life is a hugely important part of my self care.

38 weeks and 4 days pregnant with a lot of aches, pains and tiredness - I need to rest!

38 weeks and 4 days pregnant with a lot of aches, pains and tiredness – I need to rest!

Currently I’m in the very late stages of pregnancy and I’m exhausted, with random aches and pains which don’t quite turn into labour. If I push myself too hard when I’m feeling rough then it could impact upon my health and thus my ability to deliver baby, so I have to look after myself and stay healthy. This has meant accepting help, doing easy meals instead of pretending I’m a chef and resting as much as possible. My health and baby girl’s health will thank me!

How do you look after your health? Is it something that’s important to you? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.