There’s nothing wrong with being a giving person and doing extra for others at work and at home. But sometimes giving too much of yourself can get a little out of hand and leave you feeling worn down and unfulfilled rather than the powerful woman you are. That’s what makes self-care so important. Everyone needs some “me” time once in a while to take the edge off and just relax. Here are a few strategies for ensuring self-care is always a priority.
Keep your home tidy
Your home is meant to provide serenity after a long day at work, but if it’s riddled with clutter, that becomes much harder to achieve. Clutter isn’t a pleasing thing to have around the house; in fact, studies demonstrate it causes women to feel stressed, especially since it adds to the list of housework that needs to be done. Instead of ignoring the clutter, you should plan to organize it right away so that you can enjoy relaxing at home sooner.
Take it easy
Everyone needs an outlet for coping with stress. However you choose to relax, it’s important to make time for it every day. Otherwise you’re living for stress rather than for yourself. Take control of the situation by spending a few quiet moments alone early in the morning, or enjoying a warm bath and a cup of tea in the evening before bedtime. It’ll help soothe you and give you a restful night’s sleep—an important factor in maintaining good overall health.
Be an early bird
Studies have shown that early risers tend to be more proactive and optimistic, as well as more in control of their own affairs. Getting up early and making a little time for yourself before the day starts is an excellent way to feel better and enhance your ability to face the challenges and pressures of the day. If it’s a struggle, set the alarm on your smartphone by using a soft, soothing sound or music to wake you up. Place a warm, scented wash cloth on your face or the back of your neck for a few minutes. Then engage in some body-weight exercises best suited for the morning, such as jumping jacks or sit-ups, to get the blood flowing. Always follow it up with a healthy breakfast to jump-start your metabolism and give you that energy boost you need.
If you’re a doer who goes the extra mile for others, it’s important to make time for yourself and set boundaries by deciding what you’ll say “no” to. This is especially important if you often find yourself with little time to do the things you enjoy. Telling someone you just can’t do something is easy enough if you’re diplomatic about it. Most people are appreciative of your efforts and will completely understand. However, if you’re dealing with an exploiter, someone willing to take advantage of your good nature, it’s even more important to stand your ground and maintain your boundaries.
If you’re seeking a sense of personal well-being—that pleasing blend of optimism and simple joy—few things work better than physical activity. Exercise releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain, like the hormone serotonin, which also boosts self-confidence and alleviates stress. It’s not necessary to always get a full-on gym workout; you can do a lot of good just by taking a brisk walk or doing some stretching exercises. Whatever your method of exercise, a smartwatch or fitness tracker could help you keep up with your goals. A model like the Apple Watch Series 6 can measure a variety of exercises including running, biking, swimming, and yoga.
Sometimes, we have to force self-care activities into our daily routine. It’s not something to feel guilty or selfish about. Self-care is essential to one’s happiness and sense of fulfillment—and should always be a priority. So set that alarm early and start exercising!