Women are innate nurturers. It is coded in our DNA. But as the old adage goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You must fill yourself first and this is where self-care comes in handy.
Here are some self-care ideas to help yourself feel better mentally and physically.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP AND REST
Women wear many hats -Wife, mother, sister, partner, entrepreneur, career woman. We ladies have a lot on our plate, but are you getting enough rest? Not getting adequate shut-eye puts you at risk of developing some serious diseases like diabetes and heart problems. Sleep allows your body to repair itself. Resting and sleep lets you recuperate after a long tiring day.
Eating a lot? Eating too little? Experts say that the key to good nutrition is eating everything in moderation. Your body needs all the nutrients it can get to properly function. Cutting back on certain food groups can result in vitamin deficiency.
Eat your greens, consume your meat, sip that glass of wine. And when in doubt, or in need of a special diet , always consult a registered dietician.
ENGAGE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
According to research, people who exercise are a lot happier (and fitter!). During exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins aka Happy Hormones. Exercise makes you feel good about yourself, boosts your self-confidence and increases your libido for sexy time.
GO OUT WITH YOUR GIRLFRIENDS
Nothing beats the bond between soul sisters. When things get tough, assemble the squad for some girl talk! Being around a group of supportive, positive, and non-judgmental women is good for your health and well being. Having gal-pals provides you with emotional support that you can only find amongst your circle of girl friends.
SLOW DOWN THE PACE AND INDULGE IN QUIET TIME
We are told to do more and get the most out of our time. Our schedules are jam-packed with activities left and right that we are caught in the whirlwind. Slowing it down a little helps you regain your footing. Indulging in quiet time calms and eases your mind.
Self care starts with a conscious effort to put your needs first. It is not selfish to pay attention to your personal well being- may it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Remember, “an empty lantern provides no light, self care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly”.