Every busy woman we know needs to hear this… Take Care Of Yourself Too
Women are chronically putting other people’s needs before their own. It’s in our nature to be caregivers, but all too often that leads to our own needs being at the bottom of the list.
We survive on very little sleep, lots of coffee, and endless guilt for not being more present mothers, daughters, relatives, better employees, working out more and eating healthy. We never stop berating ourselves… must look better, be more, do more!
But, you know what?
This constant grind and hustle of taking care of everything and everyone is one of the biggest reasons why so many women are completely burnt out, anxious, depressed, and unhappy.
And, it’s why so many women struggle to lose the weight they want to lose.
An overly stressed body means that your cortisol is out of whack – which means your body is likely storing more body fat than you care to store. If you really do want to slim down, then taking care of yourself (outside of food and exercise) is absolutely critical.
Here are some best practice self-care tips that you can implement on your busiest days to destress, regulate your hormones and look and feel great.
How can you “take care of yourself”?
Self-care is not just bubble baths and ice-cream in front of the tv. It is intentionally caring for your mind, body, and spirit.
Some simple ways to practice self-care include:
* A daily walk
* Journaling daily
* Spending 20 minutes reading
* A daily workout
* A nutritious diet
* Taking a nap, and getting enough sleep
* Getting a massage
* A conversation with a friend
* A new haircut or outfit
** And of course… a bath.
The Benefits of Taking Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself will decrease your stress, and allow your body to do its job more efficiently. That means you will get sick less often, have more energy, and lose weight quicker.
It also means you will be better able to make good decisions and will allow you to become less reactive and more proactive in your everyday life.
Make It As Easy As Possible To Keep Your Self Care Goals
We won’t lie to you, even though there are countless ways you can practice self-care …it can be hard to break the habit of putting yourself last. It takes a certain level of mindfulness to know when you are running low and you need to take a moment for yourself.
But…The good news is that once you start, it will get easier and easier because when you intentionally do something over and over again, it becomes a habit.
Set your goals
In the beginning, we recommend setting specific goals for self-care. This means you are going to pick one habit you want to establish and commit to doing it regularly. Depending on what the habit is, it might be a daily commitment (eating 3 servings of veggies, meditating, walking), a weekly commitment (working out 2 times, getting a massage), or a monthly commitment (getting your hair done, meeting with a friend).
Whatever the goal – be clear about how often you plan to accomplish that goal.
Schedule your self-care
Most of us live and die by our calendar. Make sure you are putting your new habit of self-care on your calendar just the same as you would a relative’s doctor or hospital appointment, or it won’t get done.
Track your goals
Until your self-care practices become a habit, you are going to want to track your goals. There are countless ways to do that, including pen and paper or a habit tracker of some kind. Tracking will help you see progress and hold you accountable to actually keep these promises you made to yourself and do what you said you would.
Having a strong support system in place to help encourage you is crucial. We have helped thousands of women change their lifestyle and live better, healthier lives. When it comes to taking care of your physical health, we know that weight loss doesn’t happen without some mindset shifts and self-care. So in all of our programs we are committed to helping clients holistically care for themselves with more than just food and exercise, but with a new set of lasting habits.