Because you are important, that’s why!
I know you think I’m crazy right now, but I had to say it. I am talking about women and self-care. Why is it that women (the glue that holds the family together) do not practice simple things that contribute to their health and wellness?
This isn’t about dieting or losing weight (although most of us are working on that goal daily), it’s not about being skinny either. It’s about being healthy, strong and happy. About putting yourself first (and yes you can still feed the kids and dust), it’s about taking care of you. Let me ask you this, if you get hurt or sick, then who does the caring? Exactly!
It’s so easy for women to get involved with raising kids and taking care of everyone that they forget about themselves. So it doesn’t matter what you are doing right now, whether you’re juggling the kids and the house or you work outside of the home, you can make the decision to take care of yourself .
These simple suggestions can help you feel healthier, stronger and happier. Soon you’ll feel like you use to feel before you got overloaded with life.
1. Drink more water –
This has been said to death, but. water is so important to our health, so I am saying it again. We all need to drink water and that means at least eight full glasses everyday. Water hydrates your body and flushes out toxins. It can also help alleviate headaches, body aches and give you energy. We are a water lazy society and we are dehydrated. Time to get drinking your H2O. Read about the benefits of drinking water.
2. Be active everyday –
This is a must. Being active, no matter what, each day will make you feel great. Moving around gets your heart pumping, sending oxygen into your lungs and increases your energy level. If it means playing a game of hide and seek with the kids, do it! Whatever you enjoy doing is fine as long as you move for at least 20 minutes a day. If you need help with a plan, I am here to coach you.
3. Eat more fruit and veggies –
We get busy, we’re hungry and we grab whatever we can get our hands on to kill the hunger pains. Most of the time that “something” isn’t in the least bit healthy. In fact, a lot of what we eat leads us to feel more tired and lethargic during the day and who wants to feel like that! I promise you, if you add a vegetable or a fruit (or hey, live a little and add one of each) to every meal or snack you are going to feel so much better. Don’t stress about it, just grab an apple or baby carrots and munch away. I wrote this article on simplifying food that you may find helpful in your journey of getting healthy.
4. Sleep –
We need sleep and nobody seems to care! Getting up with the kids at night and staying up late to finish the laundry just isn’t contributing to being healthy. If you are tired during the day, nap. Simple as that, have a power nap and then keep on going. (don’t sleep over an hour or you’ll feel even worse). Don’t feel guilty and don’t worry about what needs to be done. Sleep is the time when your body does it’s healing, so don’t skimp on it. Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps… and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind.
5. Unplug and be present –
Turn off the phone, shut down the laptop and put the tablet away. This is my favorite thing to rant about. Everyone is losing precious time to take care of themselves but they aren’t considering how many hours they spend on electronics every single day. This also means sitting more than we ever have. Turn it all off for awhile and take time to be present every day and you’ll benefit mentally and physically.
Running on empty, as I had for years, had taken its toll on my health and my happiness. So, I can say this to you: practice self-care and include reading, relaxing baths, exercise, eating well and time with friends. These simple things need to be included in your life.
What are some of the ways you practice self-care? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.