Often women are reluctant to make caring for themselves a priority. This is particularly true during the holidays.
You may feel like there is just too much to do.
All the shopping, decorating, socializing, cooking, sending out holiday cards—the list goes on and on. Plus, you may be focused on creating a magical holiday experience for your kids and family.
You may feel that taking care of you is being selfish.
The Truth is that you have to take care of yourself first to have the stamina and energy to take care of others.
Ask yourself, “Are you the best partner, mom, daughter, friend you can be if you’re over-tired? How much harder is it to get everything on your to-do list done if you don’t feel physically well?”
A common response to the idea of establishing a routine of self-care that includes getting enough sleep, exercise, healthy foods, and quiet time for self-reflection or meditation is, “I don’t have time to do those things.”
The Truth is you don’t have time NOT to do them.
Making your self-care your highest priority—even if it’s only 15 minutes a day—will give you extra energy and vitality that will enable you to be the partner, mom, daughter, and friend you want to be.
And it helps you “do” more in the time you do have.
If you only have 10 to 15 minutes a day to take care of you, what should be highest priority?
If you can do just one thing, figure out how to move your body in some way—even if it’s just 10 minutes a day.
Exercise is powerful medicine. The list of its benefits is long and incredible. Study after study shows that exercise plays an important role in promoting sound physical and mental-health, as well as emotional well-being If the effects of exercise could be put in a pill, everyone would want to take it.
This doesn’t have to be a long, full-blown workout. Even going for a walk around the block makes a difference and provides stress relief. It could even be vigorous vacuuming! Get creative and count everything you do.
Other simple but powerful things you can do are:
- Take 3 deep breaths. It sounds simple, but you’ll be amazed at the shift in energy it provides. And you can do this anytime, anywhere.
- Meditate or sit quietly or take a bubble bath for 5 to 15 minutes. Quieting your mind for just a few minutes boosts physical energy, and also makes solutions easier to see.
- Focus on appreciating not only the blessings in your life—but also of the people in your life. This is like blazing a mental trail for how you want your life and relationships to be.
- Take a nap! Even 10 minutes can rev up your energy and help quiet the mental strain for the rest of the day.
- Be picky about the treats you eat. Is it really calorie-worthy? Choose healthier foods or smaller portions—most of the time—and then really enjoy the treat you do eat.
These small actions boost your wellness and well-being—and your ability to be there for the people you love.
Establish a simple and doable routine of self-care. Actually schedule it in your calendar and do your best to work everything else around it.
Make taking care of yourself your highest priority so you have the energy and vitality to take care of others.
Together we can do it!