If there’s one thing I notice with the many strong women I surround myself with is that they do not take the time for self-care very often. Many of them have stressful jobs, kids, demanding husbands, busy social lives, or are constantly on the go and staying busy. And honestly, I’m the same. I thrive off of a busy lifestyle, but there are times I get so stressed out and frustrated that I realise I need to take a step back and take some time for myself.
The term “self-care” has hit the mainstream media lately. In a lot of ways, it may have a bad rep. But I personally think it’s something that needs to be thought about more.
It’s quite simple, really.
You just need to find ways that mentally and physically can destress your mind and body. And it’s important to do this often, especially with a crazy busy lifestyle.
I’m lucky right now that I don’t have any kids to look after and I have a boyfriend who is very willing to help. But not everyone has a great support system and I bet many of you have children to look after. Believe me, I know how challenging and time consuming that is, I used to be a nanny for five children all under the age of eight. I get it.
However, if you want to continue on in a healthy state of mind, you need to find a few things to do a week that rejuvenate your body and soul. And that is what I’m here for today. If you already have your system and it’s working for you, great. Keep it up and let this post remind you you’re on the right track. If you don’t do enough for yourself, use this post as inspiration to start taking better care of yourself.
Self-care can literally be anything. It can be full blown spa days that cost hundreds of pounds, it can be doing your own nails at home, it can be sitting down and reading a good book, it can be testing out new recipes in the kitchen or playing some video games for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
The only thing that matters is that you are taking time for yourself and only for yourself. Yeah, it’s your time to be selfish. In a world where we’re all constantly thinking about our other halves, children, other family members, people at work, your boss, etc, etc, you need to take time to just focus on you.
Some of the things I do during the week that I consider part of my self-care regimen are:
- EXERCISE. Never have I ever felt more empowered or proud of myself than when I get done with a seriously good workout. And I do this for myself and my health only, both mental and physical.
- HEALTHY EATING. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I can’t stress this enough. When I eat healthy foods, not only does my body react better by performing better, but I also feel good about myself for actively making good decisions. I do this completely for me, because I care about my health and my future.
- SPA DAYS. Yes, I do these at home, because I don’t have an enormous amount of money to spend out at a spa, unfortunately. However, doing it at home can be great as well. You just need to make the time for it. And if you don’t have a lot of time or the tools to get there, run a bath and sit in it for twenty minutes with your eyes shut and focus on your breathing and the calm music. It does wonders.
- EARLY BED TIME. Making it a point to know that I put myself at top priority every night reaffirms me that I care about myself and my general well being. And that’s a very important part of self-care. I can’t function properly on a bad night’s sleep so I try to do my best to make sure I am getting enough nightly.
There are many other things I could have included but I just wanted to give you all an idea of what I do for myself on a regular basis to practice self-care.
What you need to do is find out what makes you happy and brings you peace and learn how to add that into your life weekly. We spend too much of our lives stressed out and we need to learn to take time for ourselves and focus on what’s important.
Take it from me, someone who got Bell’s Palsy from letting the stress of life affect her too much, self care is incredibly important and needs to be taken seriously.
You’re allowed to be selfish every once in awhile 🙂