6 Simple Self-Care Tips For Busy Women That Are Actually Affordable
You’re so busy that you find it virtually impossible to take care of yourself properly. However, here’s the thing ‒ if you don’t go out of your way to do something about it, it will only be a matter of time where you’ll suffer from burnout and exhaustion. Do you want to live in a mental fog where it’s hard to take care of anyone or anything?
Of course, not. Here’s the hard truth ‒ your body’s energy and productivity will largely depend on the fuel. You cannot be at your best shape, performing your full potential for yourself and others, if you don’t take care of yourself well. In this article, we’ll talk about the simple, yet practical steps to nurturing yourself, making you ready no matter what life throws at you.
Somehow, this can’t be stressed enough ‒ you need rest. Sleep is such a commodity especially for those who live busy, hectic lives. Do you know that your body’s stress levels can be traced back to the lack of sleep? Research suggests that people who are experiencing sleep problems are likely to develop depression. Moreover, lack of sleep can also lead to improving health conditions such as heart disease and obesity. Think of it this way, without rest; your body cannot completely heal from the everyday stressors in your life.
2) Ask for Help
Self-care is all about acknowledging the fact that you already have too much in your plate, and it might be time to ask for help. However, more often than not, most modern, career-minded women fail to take these resources that they have in their disposal. They don’t trust others enough. Asking for help is essential both in your work and family life. You might need to squeeze an extra hour of workout before going to work every morning for an added boost of energy. Or you might need to ask your hubby to help you get the kids ready for school a couple of times in the week. Remember, asking for others for an extra hand doesn’t make you look incapable or weak. In reality, it’s one of the effective ways to better manage your time and to-do list while you’re on the go.
3) Honor Your Body
It was way back in the 1980’s when the World Health Organization (WHO) first described self-care as a highly efficient way to restore and boost physical health, as well as to ward off diseases. It makes sense that you need to put self-care as a priority. It’s the very foundation of where your life is built, and you need to be both physically and mentally fit for you to have a stronger body. You know how debilitating it could be to get sick for days. When you experience pain and illness, you cannot sustain your productivity levels. A happy body isn’t a body that’s sitting stiffly in front of the computer all day long, either. So, why not take a short walk during lunch, do a few stretching routines a couple of times a day? Or enroll in a gym or yoga class during the weekend? Learn to honor your body ‒ work with it and learn to acknowledge its strengths and weaknesses.
4) Turn off the Tech
Do you know the blue light coming from your TV and other devices such as your laptop and smartphones sends signals in your brain that help keeps you awake? So, if you want to have a good night’s rest, try to turn off the tech at least an hour before bedtime, and read a good old-fashioned book instead. Make yourself a cup of hot tea that’s relaxing to the senses (something that has no caffeine in it) and try to focus on your breathing. It helps to employ mediation and mindfulness techniques as well. That way, you’ll have a good seven or eight hours rest every night.
5) Have a Go-to Meal
Another important aspect of self-care that you mustn’t ignore is your food and nutritional needs. However, eating right isn’t always easy especially if you live in a fast-paced schedule. If you think that you’re too tired to think about what to eat, go-to meals can certainly do wonders. Make sure that what you eat is composed of fresh produce that comes from fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and whole grains. Don’t forget to hydrate regularly as well. Also, incorporate water dense foods into your snacks and meals.
6) Spoil Yourself
While it seems counterproductive for some, spoiling your self for a treat every once in a while can boost your happiness levels. Why not take a full day without opening your laptop, invite a friend for coffee, or spoil yourself for a relaxing body massage? Self-care means indulging your worn and tired body, mind and soul and giving it what it needs at the moment.
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