It’s a busy time, and you’ve got a lot to worry about. It’s no wonder so many women are struggling to find a few moments each day to address their own well-being. Children, partners, pets, parents, friends, and careers all seem to come first. But even if you have an hour or so in the evening, doesn’t taking care of yourself feel a bit selfish? It shouldn’t do, but many women, especially moms, feel a little guilty prioritizing themselves.
I say there’s no reason to feel guilty about it – and here’s why.
Here’s why you taking care of yourself matters
Why self-indulge? Your health and well-being are essential to others as much as it is for yourself. If you’re unwell, you can’t focus your strength and energy on family or work. You have to take time out to rest and get well again. But if you’re regularly taking the time to focus on your health, you’re actively reducing your risk of becoming ill in the first place.
What is the alternative? If you keep working and working instead of addressing any health issues, you could be making matters worse. Stress and anxiety can lead to depression. You might be tempted to self-medicate so you can keep pushing on. But when you’re dealing with things like depression issues, there can be serious consequences.
It’s always best to stop and take stock of what’s happening, rather than push yourself too hard. Speak to your doctor and take that step back.
When a day off work is what you need
Taking a day off for your health is really important sometimes. This is true for physical, mental, and emotional health issues. Many employers would prefer that you give yourself a chance to address things rather than risk making them worse.
Then, hopefully, you come back to the workplace well-rested, more focused, and back to your usual productivity levels. But, is all of that achievable in only one day?
When taking care of yourself requires more than one day
Ideally, you should be spending time taking care of you and your health every day to avoid needing a day off.
What activity you choose to do is up to you. Great examples are:
- An exercise class
- A swim
- An afternoon at the spa
Social engagements are good for your health too, like a coffee with friends or a long lunch with family. Perhaps you get a massage on a Thursday afternoon and go to a yoga session Monday mornings.
All of these things count. Try to fit them into your regular schedule.
Other considerations for personal well-being
Don’t forget – your diet counts too. Something as simple as indulging in a healthy salad is time spent taking care of you. Little things can add up to quite a lot of time, but there is no need to specify or block out a specific number of hours or minutes.
Of course, it’s also important to get more sleep and count your steps too. This infographic from Dumbbells Review explains importance of good sleep:
How much time is necessary for taking care of yourself?
Perhaps the answer to the question of how much time to spend on your well-being is “enough.”
Spend as long as it takes to feel that you are well all the time. Adjustments to your lifestyle may mean that every hour of the day focuses on your well-being. Walking your kids to school is beneficial to you both in several ways. Choosing a healthy meal spent with friends is good for you too. Can you find more time for you?