Taking Care Of What’s Important: You

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Take time for you first
She enjoys some rest with a cup of tea. Photo via Kaboompics.

Women are often last on their list of priorities. You’ll probably help out family, friends, a boss, and colleagues daily before taking care of your own needs. Getting into the habit of putting yourself last is a surefire route to fatigue, stress, and an array of other health issues. To keep going at a fast pace, ensure that your own well-being comes first, much like the plane safety rules of putting your breathing mask on before putting one on your child. You can’t look after those who matter the most if you don’t take care of yourself first. So, now is the time to form great lifestyle and health habits that put you as the focal point, before others.

Little changes and improvements can make a major difference in your health and happiness, and how you feel in life. Sometimes it will take a little more of a push to make more significant changes, but you have plenty of strength and stamina for everyone else, so you just need to redirect it back to yourself. Here are some ideas and tips on how to form great habits so you can take good care of your mind and body to then continue to take care of others.

Take time for you first
She enjoys some rest with a cup of tea. Photo via Kaboompics.

Rest, Recharge, Recoup

It’s crucial that you take enough time away from work, socializing, and any other responsibilities, especially if they’re leading to unhealthy habits or a detrimental mindset. Try not to think about what you’re missing out on; look at it as though you are taking action to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible. Head to a health recovery center and discover a new form of support and recovery if you need it.

When you return home, it’s about choosing a night in with a bath, Netflix, and your cozy clothes over a night out for drinks or doing extra work until the early hours. It might not come naturally, but the more you take time to rest and sleep, the more you’ll begin to feel the benefits, and you’ll end up with more energy than you thought was possible.

Nourish, Nurture, Nest

It’s worth making an effort to fill up on nourishing and nutritious food regularly. Soups, salads and one-pot meals are a great way to pack loads of vegetables and vitamins into your diet, and they’ll keep you warm and full so that you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy treats later.

Make sure that you’re getting enough water throughout your day too. Hot water and lemon is a great way to boost your hydration and help keep everything running as smoothly as possible in your body. Ensuring that you’re well hydrated, full of delicious nutrients, and staying active is the best combination to keep illness at bay and have a positive and active lifestyle ahead. When you take care of yourself first then you can take on everything else with plenty of energy and effort.

51 COMMENTS

  1. A woman’s life is not an easy route…..
    A woman needs time to manage her own personal life…
    A woman ought to be appreciated more because of the roles they play…

    That is one of the reasons my mum holds a dear place in my heart.

  2. This is something I had to really WORK at when I became a mom. There’s always so much to do and I felt guilty for leaving my husband alone with the baby for more than a few minutes, which is so ridiculous! Now I make sure to take time for myself because the entire family is better off when I do.

    • I hope you get more time for yourself soon. Feeling mom guilt is something many women experience so you’re not alone ♥

  3. Great reminder!! I am struggling really hard with making myself a priority. I feel I am here to care for everyone else. I KNOW I need to put myself at the top of the list, but it’s just very hard….

  4. Amazing as always, Christy. Self love, self care, self support. It’s really difficult for women — especially moms, to remember to make time and take care of themselves. xox

  5. I just had a thought Christy. I read your posts on my phone and then Like them when I am on my laptop. The Likes may come flying through all together, so it looks like I am not actually reading your supportive and helpful posts, but I am. I just wanted you to know. Hugs Xx <3

  6. Such great advice, Christy, and I’m in need of all of that at the moment but not much chance for a while. You know what they say about rest and the wicked!

  7. This was well timed, I’m just recovering from a Fibromyalgia flare up and was about to get stuck in with things when I read this. Instead, I have decided to give myself some recovery time to recharge my battery a bit. What would be the point in starting back with a flat battery, it would be no help to me or anyone else 👍🏻

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