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Taking Care of You: How Much Time Does Self-Care Take?

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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 you feel a bit selfish? It shouldn’t do, but for some reason, many women feel a little guilty prioritizing ourselves.

Why Taking Care of You is Important

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 You Need More Time for Self-Care

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 Consideration for Your 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. 

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?

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  1. Robert Matthew Goldstein July 17, 2017

    This is a good health advice for everyone!

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  2. dgkaye July 17, 2017

    Wise advice my sage friend. Many of us know this but don’t practice it (like me sometimes). <3

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      I think we all have those days xx

    2. dgkaye July 18, 2017

      <3

    3. shehannemoore July 18, 2017

      Yep/ You kin say that again sister xxxxxxx

    4. dgkaye July 18, 2017

      :) :) xxxxxxxxx

    5. shehannemoore July 19, 2017

      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    6. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Love being your sis :) <3

  3. Aquileana July 17, 2017

    Love this!…. The best way to shake off stress for me is working out on a regular basis (daily)… I´d say that it makes me tired in a good positive way… Spa day sounds amazing (I tried it a few times with coupons) and yet I´ll still be needing to do physical activity. On a side note/anecdote: when I felt very anxious about an exam, years ago as a student I never missed my long walks: like 40 blocks total… I still don´t know how I made it through. But my grades were quite ramarkable, humbly speaking. When I look back at those times I think I was definitely crazy so as not to save some energy. Some people work better under pressure. LOL… have a lovely evening, Chris. <3

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Let’s do a spa day together, Aqui! And we’ll go on bikes that go nowhere too… and we’ll… haha I have so many plans for us :) Let’s just say we’ll end up getting those 8 hours of sleep after gal time <3 Thanks for the great comment here and wishing you a nice night too! I appreciate the blog reads xx

    2. Aquileana July 18, 2017

      Ha!… Sounds great hun. My pleasure to visit xx

    3. Christy B July 21, 2017

      Hugs for Friday (and beyond) :)

  4. John Fioravanti July 17, 2017

    Excellent points, Christy… how does an afternoon nap sound? Of course, when you’re old and retired you can afford to take afternoon naps! Seriously, your advice is sound. As a teacher, I took a ‘mental health day’ a couple of times a year – just to recharge the batteries. If you don’t look after you, nobody else will…

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Oh I have friends who swear by naps! I’d have to ask Madelyn ;) Let’s keep looking after ourselves, as your comment makes a lot of sense

    2. John Fioravanti July 17, 2017

      Most days I’m up at 5am, so by 2pm I’m pretty tired.

    3. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Oh wow, I’m asleep when you wake up.. but up later than you I bet ;)

    4. John Fioravanti July 17, 2017

      Good bet with a 3-hour time differential! 😊

  5. Tony Burgess July 17, 2017

    Self care is important and something I am learning to do. I spend a lot of time at least I think I do of pleasing others that I forget about me. Also depression is something you don’t mess around with you gotta get treated for it.

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Take care Tony and enjoy a restful night for you :)

  6. Definitely something I needed to see. Thank you for the advice.

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Glad to hear it’s helpful for you xx

  7. Jay July 17, 2017

    You should spend all the time until your being is well – and then you continue putting in time so it stays that way.

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Maintenance :)

  8. heartandsoul974 July 17, 2017

    This is great health advice! Thank you!😃

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    1. Christy B July 17, 2017

      Thank YOU for taking time :)

  9. syl65 July 17, 2017

    Definitely in sync, my friend!! We can give and give of ourselves but we have to make sure we are giving to ourselves too. You Rock!!!

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Seeeeeee I told you we were on the same wavelength :) Hugs Syl!

    2. syl65 July 20, 2017

      Too cool! Hugs in return 🙂

  10. Taking care of self is important, well written. I always take a cat nap while putting my kid to bed

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    1. Christy B August 2, 2017

      That’s a great way to make the most of your time :)

  11. declutteringmylifeweb July 17, 2017

    I think that after decades of working, learning and cleaning, our organisms cry help and for rest. Adult gap year can be a solution to prevent long-lasting and serious health damages.

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  12. Ben Aqiba July 17, 2017

    Great post Christy,

    with small steps we can make big changes in life. If you just change the way of cooking, or if we start using dietary products like law fat milk, fish, white meat, our life can be changed for good.

    Thank you

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Diet + mental health = contentment. Thanks Ben :)

    2. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Oh and by “diet” I mean healthy eating NOT calorie restriction ;)

  13. The Thinker July 18, 2017

    everyone and I mean EVERYONE requires what I would refer to as ‘me’ time. Could also be referred to as ‘re-charge’ time, ‘cleansing’ time, ‘clearing’ one’s head time, ‘sorting’ one’s head time, ‘catch up’ time, ‘break’ time, ‘rest’ time, ‘do something else’ time, by any ‘time’ you, as a person in your own right, want to refer to it as, do as you want! :) Great post by the way (tongue in cheek, not BTW). :)

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  14. Author: Sadaf Siddiqi. July 18, 2017

    I agree, a time out is important for self care and self pamper. Everyone deserves self pampering. Nice post. :)

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      It’s funny how we often consider it selfish to think of ourselves first.. but only once we do that can we help others fully… Thank you Sadaf.

    2. Author: Sadaf Siddiqi. July 30, 2017

      Well said. Welcome Christy.

  15. 924COLLECTIVE July 18, 2017

    Summer is the best time to make proactive changes, since
    we get more sunlight & have more hours, this is the perfect
    time to start light exercise, bike riding, walking etc. Also
    eating more fruits & vegetables. Once the fall & holiday
    season start up (Thanksgiving – December) People usually
    stop exercising, attending holiday parties, & over indulging.
    By January it is “New Years Resolutions” mostly from guilt,
    when instead one should be proactive NOW, & start taking
    steps, it doesn’t have to be all at once. Once winter arrives
    being conscious to not fall back into comfortable patterns.

    This prevents the annual yo-yo that most people feel, which
    can bring on depression, guilt, & all sorts of other side effects.
    Being proactive now, helps achieve & maintain long term goals.

    Reply
  16. aquibview July 18, 2017

    Awesome post.
    Hey Christy
    I nominated you for blue sky tag and liebster Award, please accept.
    Aquib . Check my post.

    Reply
  17. Teagan Geneviene July 18, 2017

    As long as it takes… Can we add more hours to the day? ;)

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Hehe ;) I fear if we add those hours that I might just spend them all on WP ;) Sending virtual hugs, Teagan

  18. Reblogged this on Pain Pals and commented:
    This really rings true for so many reasons with me and for my “healthy” friends too……

    Reply
  19. This is such a great post that I have pinned and reblogged – thanks so much for stopping by my blog because that sent me to yours! Claire x

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  20. prenika July 18, 2017
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  21. vivachange77 July 18, 2017

    Christy, I couldn’t agree more. Saving space for me keeps me going.

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Sending you a big hug xx

  22. CLEvangelism July 18, 2017

    “If you’re unwell, you can’t focus your strength and energy on family or work.” Exactly. I always hear this paired with, “That’s why flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first in the event of an emergency.”

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  23. dimplescookbook July 19, 2017

    Such a great Post. I love your articles. It reflects many thoughts.

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  24. Sweta July 20, 2017

    This article again is so motivating, I want to go for a swim, start with a healthy diet and love myself more, i have to fight with this depression phase
    Thanks Christy youre a star xoxo

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      I hope you continue to practice self love and enjoy life, Sweta, and I’ll be cheering you on!!

    2. Sweta July 20, 2017

      Cheers Christy ❤ xxx

    3. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Sending <3 xx

  25. docnelson196706 July 20, 2017

    love your blog. this is something i must do as a man also. having depression i must take care of myself first everyday.

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    1. Christy B July 20, 2017

      Excellent reflections!

  26. Corrine July 24, 2017

    Sometimes your body refuses to rest when you need to (i.e. thoughts running amok with todo lists) What do you do then?

    Reply

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