Guest post by Paige A. Mitchell
Go, go, go.
That’s typically the pace for most people in today’s society. We are all busy, women especially. Between working, family care, social obligations and giving back to the community, many of us are more focused on the care of others and we often neglect ourselves. Difficult as it may seem to pencil in, it is so important to focus on incorporating self-care into our daily lives. If we can’t give ourselves 100%, how can we give others what they need? Here are just a few examples of small steps that you can take to make a big difference in your everyday life.
Move More Every Day
Many of us work in sedentary jobs, sitting for eight plus hours a day behind a screen. The simple step of incorporating more movement into our daily schedule will help us feel better and more energized. Some examples include parking further from the office or grocery store, taking short breaks to simply stretch, eating lunch outside, choosing the stairs over a lift or escalator, and moving your alarm across the room forcing you to get up to turn it off and get your day moving.
Plan a Spa Day at Home
Taking time to incorporate self-care into your routine doesn’t have to expensive. A spa day could be a nice treat, but if you don’t have the time or money to dedicate to an entire spa day away, plan an at-home retreat instead. Set the scene by diffusing essential oils into the air, providing the right aromatherapy to get you into a relaxed mood. Find a good face mask for hydrating and tightening your skin. Relax with a tonic (be it a mixed drink or sparkling water), pamper yourself with a DIY mani-pedi and finally, indulge in a good soak in a hot bath.
Another step toward self-care is to delegate tasks—even seemingly small ones. Consider which chores or responsibilities provoke anxiety. If getting your children to after-school extracurricular is stressful, consider joining or starting a carpool with other parents. If housekeeping is a chore you loathe most, weigh the cost of your stress to hiring professionals, like a monthly cleaning service. Have an appliance or home system that has been acting up? A dripping faucet that’s making your skin crawl or a squeaky fan keeping you up at night? Hire an appliance repair pro instead of wasting a weekend between the hardware store and a ladder.
Take Time to Care For Your Skin
The effects of a stressful life may be more evident than you think. In addition to addressing the root cause, be sure to care for your skin properly to reduce signs of stress and aging. Schedule annual appointments with a dermatologist to ensure you are caring for your skin properly and check for any warning signs of disease. This will ensure that you don’t have any lingering health problems and will also help you develop a customised skin care plan specific to your needs.
Connect with Family and Friends
When we are busy we often neglect the people we care the most about, knowing they will understand our busy schedule. Be sure to schedule time to meet for coffee, plan phone calls or just send a quick text to reconnect and let them know you are thinking of them. Nurturing positive relationships is one of the best forms of self-care.
Women in particular are very busy in life, and we tend to put the important things, such as taking the time to treat ourselves on the back burner in favour of attending to everyone else’s needs. While many of us tend to procrastinate when it comes to self–care, we need to take small steps to recharge so that our tanks can be full to continue loving and supporting those around us.