Let’s face it, we often put the needs of others before our own needs. We’re busy women, moms, daughters, sisters, friends, co-workers, etc. However, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we may find that we end up burnt out, irritated, exhausted, and possibly sick.
So how do we change this? I’m not suggesting we just stop taking care of others - I’m suggesting that we make a little time to balance some things out.
Set boundaries with your time. Do the things that matter most. Don’t expect yourself to do everything.
Consider learning how to “time-block” to make the most of your time each day. If you don’t know what that means, Google it…there’s a ton of info out there.
Find your tribe. You don’t have to have a large tribe, but having a small group of friends who have your back can make all the difference in the world.
Exercise. It does not have to be formal or for any specific length of time. Just move! Exercise has as much of a psychological effect on us as it does on our physiology.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I’m not going to lie. Of all the ideas listed above, asking for help is the hardest one for me. I’m a stubborn, strong, independent woman that can take care of herself and her family. That being said, I have learned over the years how to ask for help and how to accept that the help I am asking for is not only beneficial for me, but also for my family and clients as well. Some of the areas I ask for help include: yard work, therapy, fitness, cleaning, nutrition, and more. Yes, these things do sometimes cost money, but my sanity and quality of life are worth every penny.
Guess what? You don’t have to have it all together. Listen to your heart and soul…what do YOU need? Today is the day that you start making sure that your needs are met, too.