I’m sure you remember the familiar flight attendant reminding you to make sure your oxygen mask is on before attempting to help your seatmate. Well, the same holds true for you and your self-care. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you won’t have the energy, desire or time to help those you care about.
I hear the same story over and over from women who bought into the excuse that they just “don’t have enough time” to make self care a top priority.
Often times, neglecting self-care leads to undue stress and other physical ailments such as high blood pressure, poor sleep patterns and a lack of energy. I recently spoke to a woman who was irritable, sleeping poorly, lacked energy and was borderline hypertensive. Yet, she could not make the connection between her symptoms and the need for self-care.
When you take time for self-care, you not only feel better but you also avoid emotional distress and physical ailments.
If you’ve put your self-care on the back burner, you can now move it to front and center by using these 5 easy changes to make your self-care a top priority:
- Commit to putting “me time” on your busy schedule at least once a week to indulge in a soothing massage, relaxing manicure or leisurely bath.
- Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual for some quiet time to meditate, pray or write in your journal. Early morning is a good time to get centered for the hectic day ahead.
- Instead of watching the late night news or putting in that last load of laundry, use the last half-hour of the evening to unwind and relax.
- Turn off your computer and phone for an hour. The world won’t stop spinning. Use this time for redirection, reflection and refocusing.
- Take a daily 5-10 minute break to relax with a soothing cup of tea or other beverage so that your mind and body has an opportunity to slow down and rejuvenate.
“There is no shame in giving to oneself, especially since it aids in having enough to give others.” ~ Rachel Arlene Singh
None of these tips will take a lot of time out of your day. And, once you make your self-care a priority, I’m sure you’ll discover that you have more energy to take care of all the other demands made on you and your time.
And, for more self-care tips and resources, I encourage you to connect with us in the Self-Care Circle.
Until next time…
Certified life coach, family therapist and group coaching specialist, Gladys M. Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get more self-care tips, start by getting your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life