Women are caregivers by nature. We are caregivers and yet we rarely include ourselves on our kindness To-Do List. But the truth is, putting ourselves second serves no one. It can lead to poor health, low productivity, and burnout. Self-Care is essential for overall wellbeing.
Our health impacts how we feel and how we connect with others as well as the world around us. Here are a few reasons you should kick off a Self-Care practice today—and a few simple strategies to get you started.
Your workday will improve
When there is so much going on that your brain can’t seem to keep track of anything, it can enhance your anxiety levels. Worse, it could lead to you operating from a place of perpetual anxiety which leads to careless mistakes…and more anxiety…more mistakes….you see the cycle.
Taking time away from the madness can help you regroup and focus. if taking time off seems impossible (Girl, I get it!), take a smaller break instead. Set an alarm on your phone and step away from your desk for a few deep breaths, even if its for 2 minutes.
Your relationships will get stronger
You are one half of every relationship you have, and if you are Moody McMooderton, or uncomfortable in your own skin, its hard to be present and available for others. Have you ever snapped (or thought) “Don’t touch me, Im too fat today,” or jumped on your partner because they did something super stupid and tiny but you’re so depleted you literally can’t handle one more thing? All of this creates rifts in your relationships…which creates hurt…which creates anxiety…which creates an unfulfilled life.
It ease aches and pains
Feeling physically tense, restless and achy is often a sign that you have too much pent up emotion or energy. Moving your body can be restorative and exhilarating. To quote Elle Woods “Excersise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” Self-Care is often pigeon holed into pampering, but it is so much more than that. It is a form of self-love. A long bath, a hot shower, yoga, etc..these are all ways to say “I love you body, I appreciate you and I want to give you the movement and relaxation you deserve.”
You’ll sleep better
The part of the brain that interrupts our thoughts, feelings and impulses is particularly sensitive to the impact of sleep. Sleep is a powerful tool in the function if our emotional and cognitive resources. To help aid in sleep try forming a nighttime routine. Whatever works for you. This will trigger your brain “It’s time for sleep” and your body will soon respond accordingly.
It enhances your beauty
A self-care practice has the power to amp up your beauty. Taking special care of your skin, teeth, bones, muscles, hair and overall body will help you shine with confidence. No one is more beautiful than a woman who believes in herself and is confident in her own skin.
Self-Care can heal old wounds
We all carry around emotional baggage from past hurts, but we have the opportunity to heal the pain by offering tender acts of love to ourselves. Doing so will help build one of the greatest friendships of your life: The one you have with yourself. No matter who comes and goes from your life, commit to always loving yourself.