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Self Care for the Modern Day Woman

March 8th, 2013 is International Women’s Day!

After more than 100 years, International Women’s Day draws millions to commemorate the advancements made in politics, education, employment, and other areas of daily life.

 

A common struggle for women today is setting their own needs of self care as a priority.  Women are often great at attending to their children, partners, parents, employees, employers, and everyone else in their lives, yet frequently forget to take care of themselves.

Self care is important to all health decisions women make for themselves and their families. Self care is exercising to maintain physical fitness and good mental health. It is also eating well, practicing good hygiene, and avoiding health hazards such as smoking and drinking. Other important areas of self-care is also taking care of minor ailments, long term conditions, or one’s own health after discharge from health care.

Individuals do self care, and experts and professionals support self care to enable individuals to do enhanced self care.

Some self care examples for busy women:

  1. Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. Feeling sluggish and tired will slow you down, make you less productive, and create stress.
  2. Get all your medical check ups. (You can’t help others if you’re not healthy and alive to do so)
  3. Eat healthily. Getting the proper nutrition requirements will make you feel better. (If you need a boost, take a multi-vitamin)
  4. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can make you tired and weak)
  5. Exercise.  
  6. Surround yourself with supportive people.  (Your support system should fuel you, not take away from you)
  7. Ensure you take some “me time.” Let the world keep running around while you stop and relax.
  8. Know your limits. Don’t take too many tasks on or you will burn yourself out.
  9. Don’t forget to laugh! They do say laughter is the best medicine (mental health)

TRY THIS: Choose 3 of the examples above that you feel you negelct and focus on them for 2 weeks. Do you feel a difference?

Let us know!