Importance of Women Caring for Themselves
Most women will take the time and effort to do almost anything if they believe it will benefit their family or career, but few women will spend time on just themselves. Whether it is a perceived lack of time, lack of worth, or lack of support, many women feel it is almost impossible to concentrate on taking care of themselves, in addition to everyone else around them. Mothers and grandmothers have an especially difficult time feeling generous toward themselves, often caring for others to the detriment of their own personal health.
Most women do not understand the profound impact that self-care can have on their bodies, their relationships, and their peace of mind. Studies have shown that self-care greatly reduces stress, thus improving overall quality of life. Self-care can be something as simple as taking a relaxing bath, getting a haircut, or going for a walk. Self-care also means not neglecting yearly doctor’s appointments, but scheduling and keeping annual visits.
While many women blame lack of time as the reason, what many of these same women fail to realize is the negative impact on those around them when they are unhappy or burned out. For example, a mother who neglects herself to the point of depression and fatigue has a harder time caring for her family. It is vital that women acknowledge the mental, emotional, and physical strain caring for others can cause and take the time to rest and recharge.
A few examples of self-care activities include:
- Manicures and pedicures
- Social groups
In order to ensure you take the time to care for yourself, experts recommend making an appointment with yourself. Just like you would schedule any event on your calendar, reserving an hour each week with a specific time and date will help you to remember to take time for yourself. Reaching out to others and maintaining healthy friendships is another way of caring for yourself, so be sure you have a support system around you to help encourage and inspire you.