It’s a busy time, and we’ve got a lot to worry about. 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 it feel a bit selfish to then indulge? It shouldn’t do, but for some reason, we tend to feel a little guilty prioritizing ourselves.
Why should you 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, this can have quite serious consequences. It’s always best to stop and take stock of what’s happening, rather than pushing yourself too hard. Speak to your doctor and take that step back.
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 gave yourself a chance to address things rather than risk making them worse. You should be able to come back rested, more focused and back to your usual levels of productivity. But can all that be achieved in just one day?
Ideally, you should be spending time taking care of your health every day to avoid needing a day off. This might be something like an exercise class, a swim, or 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 like a massage on a Thursday afternoon, and a Yoga session Monday mornings? All of these things count. Try to fit them into your regular schedule.
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 number of hours or minutes. Of course, taking care to sleep for a full eight hours, and walk ten thousand steps count too. But these usually need to happen at particular times of the day.
Perhaps the answer to the question of how much time you 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?