EW has dedicated the month of October to Self Care for Women. We’ve discussed domestic violence prevention, holistic health, nutrition and also healthy lifestyles and diets. Now let’s talk about one of the most important things we, as women, can do for ourselves yet one of the easiest things we seem to forget – Self Care. There is something in the psyche of a woman; there is something about the way God made us that instinctively causes most of us to put the needs of everyone else before that of our own. Women are natural nurturers – it’s a beautiful thing!
What happens though when we continue pouring out and are never poured into? Now that ladies, is definitely not a beautiful thing! We can’t care for, help or nurture others until we do that for ourselves. To borrow a phrase from Dr. Cindy Trimm, “Fill your own cup first and then refresh others from the overflow.” Hence – Self Care. I love the way the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre defines these two words: Self Care is provided ‘for you, by you.’ It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self Care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.
Jennifer Synder of the APA, reminds us that women need to nurture themselves emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally(not necessarily in that order). Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly, eat right, get sufficient sleep and find satisfaction in their work and personal lives have less depression, anxiety and illnesses. Jennifer offers suggestions for better Self Care:
Boost your vim and vigor
Treat yourself with respect and compassion
Expand your mind – delaying the aging process
Spend quality time with loved ones
Don’t expect to be a superwoman
Communicate your thoughts
Make time for simple pleasures
Read further at : Now Not Later
Challenge yourselves ladies…take some time for you, dare to do something for yourself. Read a book, listen to music, take a relaxing walk or a nice drive. It doesn’t have to be about spending a lot of money all the time. Although, if you are able, a big treat once or twice a year wouldn’t hurt!
In the words of First Lady Obama, “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”