For The Busy Woman, Self-Care Is Essential For Success.
When life is a roller coaster, self-care isn’t easy. Yet if you aren’t at your best mentally & physically, that roller coaster will be all down hill. That is why we’ve assembled these self-care tips for women who are busy. Because you deserve some TLC too.
Many women see self-care as selfish but it isn’t. Self-care is just showing yourself the same consideration you show to others.
Before we get to the tips, realize that they require you to take action. You need to begin by prioritizing your health. Self-care is important for women of all ages. Having more energy and joy in your life will help you in unlimited ways.
Self Care Tips To Help You Feel Better:
1. Eat A Healthy Diet
When you are a busy woman, it can be difficult to eat healthy. If you are grabbing fast food or unhealthy snacks because they are convenient you need to make a conscious decision to change.
While it is okay to treat yourself to those occasionally, most busy women just don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal. But it is important to have a balanced diet that provides your body with the proper fuel and nutrients.
Check out these links for some recipes that are quick and nutritious:
45 Weeknight Dinner Solutions For Busy Moms
(I really love the 5-Minute Prep Tex-Mex Casserole)
Even if you aren’t a mom, these sites have some great meal ideas for anyone who thinks they are too busy to cook healthy.
2. Exercise On A Regular Schedule
Exercise is a habit, unfortunately it is a habit that is too easy to break. Especially when you have a lot going on.
But moving your body every day helps keep it in shape. And if you haven’t gotten there yet, you’ll soon learn not moving makes it painful to move!
Exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety, plus it helps you lose a few pounds. Turn on some music as you work out to boost your mood and make it more fun. I often find when I don’t want to take my daily walk, if I make myself head out the door, I soon realize how much I enjoy it! Hopefully the same will be true for you.
3. Schedule Your Doctor Visits
One of the best things you can do to care for yourself is to visit your doctor for health screenings. In addition to an annual physical, be sure to keep up with your mammograms and colonoscopies.
If you take medications, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice. Medications work best when taken on a regular schedule. Don’t skip doses.
4. Get Your Rest
When you are busy, it can be hard to get enough quality sleep. Most experts say you should try to get 7 – 8 hours a night. Granted, some people have different metabolisms, but that is a pretty good rule of thumb.
When you are tired, it can be tough to do your best. Lack of sleep is physically and mentally draining, which can affect your mood.
It can be tempting to binge watch one more episode of your favorite show on Netflix, but put that off for another day. Staying on a schedule for waking up and going to bed helps you get the rest you need and be more productive.
5. Realize You Can’t Do Everything
This can be the hardest self-care tip for women. You can’t do it all, so don’t try. Learn to say no if your plate is full. You deserve to take a day off, or go on a vacation to get away from the stress. Trying to do everything leaves you completely drained, so prioritize and pace yourself.
Self-Care Tips To Help You Mentally Relax & Rejuvenate:
6. Acknowledge Your Stress Valve
People escape from stress in different ways. Maybe you enjoy turning on some music and dancing. Some people go out and take long walks. Others garden, and many watch their favorite television shows or a movie.
Whatever your method of releasing stress, be sure to schedule some time for that each day. And while you are doing it, turn off that inner voice that says you are wasting time and should be doing something else. Releasing stress is very important to your self-care.
7. Spend Time With Family & Friends
Socializing is another important part of any self-care routine. Don’t allow the stress of daily life to isolate you from important relationships. Always make some time in your busy schedule to take a break to connect with those close to you. Human companionship is a must for your mental health.
8. Take Yourself On A Date
Spending time with yourself may seem strange to some, but it can be very therapeutic. Take yourself out to a nice dinner and a movie. Go to a concert, or go visit some place different and new to you. That is more than self-care, it is showing self-love!
9. Declutter And Clean
A dirty, cluttered environment can add to stress levels. Set aside some time to clean and sort through things to determine what you no longer need.
Cleaning helps remove a to do list of items from your plate. It can be am emotionally freeing experience.
Getting rid of un-needed items is another amazing feeling. Instead of stuff piled everywhere, your space looks neater and you know where things are. When I had to clean out my parent’s house, I realized there was no way I wanted my son to have to experience the amount of work I went through.
A good rule of thumb for me is, if I haven’t seen or touched it in a year – it goes. Give things to those who may use them or donate items to charity and take the write-off. Either way, you have done a good deed and get the positive benefits of both.
10. Invest In Yourself
There are several ways you can invest in yourself. Meditation helps you reflect and unwind, helps you get past hurt feelings and become more compassionate.
Ever want to learn something? Set aside the time to learn a new skill or hobby that has always peaked your interest. Start a new business, write a book, give yourself a chance to explore your creative side.
As a busy woman, you may be thinking to yourself, these are great self-care tips, but I just don’t have the time to do this. Remember that your health allows you to get everything else in your life accomplished. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of everything else for long.
Thomas Crowl is a boudoir photographer in Maryland. His studio helps women rediscover their confidence by creating a body-positive, self-care experience. To learn more about the benefits of boudoir, check out his article: Boudoir Photography 101 : Everything Clients Need To Know.
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