The lives of most modern women tend to revolve around their work and home life. Although this is highly rewarding, it brings with it plenty of sleep deprivation, worry and stress. If you are leading a busy life, your health and well-being will inevitably have an impact on what you are able to do for yourself and others. If you are feeling overwhelmed, unappreciated and exhausted, making time for self-care can help to re-energise you and re-awaken your lust for life.
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As busy women, we tend to spend all our time fulfilling the needs of our loved ones. Suddenly your time is spent looking after everyone else, leaving you to feel very tired and disillusioned with the life you are leading. If your health, well-being and energy levels are suffering, this will have a direct impact on your relationship with others. You might find yourself snapping at your children or ignoring their constant demands. Your relationship with your partner may be struggling because you simply have no patience for their needs when they come home from work. If this all sounds familiar, making and taking time for self-care will be a very worthwhile investment for you and your family.
“Don’t neglect yourself as your soul longs to be accepted and loved by you.”
By looking after your health and personal needs, you will start to regain control of your life and its direction. Suddenly you have something to look forward to, that gives you another purpose, motivates and re-energises you. You could choose an exercise class or a relaxation programme to help reinvigorate you. Alternatively, you might just need to see more of your friends and spend time socialising away from your daily routine.
However, you choose to spend your ‘me-time, ensure it happens regularly. Find time each day to collect your thoughts, even if it is just for five minutes over a cup of tea. Some mums find it beneficial to spend a few minutes alone before bed to empty their minds of all the constant chatter and cluttered thoughts. Some like to be the first up in the morning so they can enjoy a few moments of quiet before the hectic routine begins again.
“Fall in Love with taking care of yourself; Mind, Body & Soul!”
Short, daily moments of me-time are great and highly valuable. They allow you to collect your thoughts and become calmer, enabling you to feel more in control of the challenges you face on a daily basis. Schedule at least one evening a week during which you can truly focus on your needs and work towards achieving your personal goals.
Self-care activities you can do are:
- Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure
- Take a bubble bath or a nice hot shower, with some calming music
- Read a fictional book for an hour or more – lose yourself in the story
- Put on a homemade face mask
- Burn your favourite scented candle or diffuse some essential oils.
- Go shopping
- Buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers
- Take a day off from work and do something fun!
- Order in dinner
- Take a nice, long nap
- Have a 30-minute stretching session
- Binge-watch your favourite show
- Do absolutely nothing, at all – take time to simply be
- Say no
- Get a massage
- Listen to a podcast
- Go to bed early or sleep in
- Bake something sweet
- Take yourself on a lunch date
- Go for a drive
- Journal. Write down a few things you are grateful for each day
- Go on a nice brisk walk
- Plan a safe vacation / staycation / retreat at home
- Make your favourite beverage or pick it up at a local cafe
- Do your hair and makeup for fun
- Have a movie night
- Pray (get spiritual)
Take a few minutes alone today for a mental mini-vacation. Meditate, pray or just go to the beach in your mind. With a job, children, relationship, COVID-19, politics, homeschooling, or everything you personally have going on, it isn’t the fast that will burn you out, but the lack of slow. So, it’s imperative, now more than ever, that you find a practice that keeps you highly functioning, but also well and happy.
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