Why is self-care such a challenge for women?
I believe it’s because we believe our time could be put to better use tending to other concerns. I believe it myself, many days (or at least I act as though I do, which is the same thing for practical purposes). We also tend to take care of others’ needs before we take care of our own–which means we may never get around to doing things for ourselves. I do this myself in the name of unselfishness–but my experience has shown this to be misguided.
It’s not selfish to set aside time to take care of yourself.
Taking good care of yourself can be the kindest thing you can do for the people around you. When you take good care of your mind and your body, you’re in a better mood, more pleasant to be around and a lot more productive. The people I live with definitely would rather have a cheerful wife and mama than a cranky one.
I started the year with a simple self-care plan, which I formulated after several crushing self-care defeats last year. One of the keystones of my new plan was a short list I called “Do It Daily”; it listed things I committed to do every single day to keep myself healthy and sane. It was amazing to me to see what an amazing difference these simple habits made to my sense of well-being. Here’s my list:
- Read something uplifting.
- Drink water.
- Eat protein for breakfast.
- Take my allergy drugs, vitamins and fish oil.
- Break a sweat.
- Lift something heavy.
- Go to bed by 10:00.
What do you do daily to take care of yourself?