Disclaimer: This is a contributed article for my self-care series.
In an age where most women are pressured to feel and look Instagram perfect; the lines between what you should be doing and what you’re actually feeling can become blurred. If you have a busy life full of studying or work, socializing and keeping loved ones happy, and free time that’s become filled with activities; it can be a challenge to find any time for yourself. It’s easy to get into the habit of being super busy, while you post what looks like every part of your life on social media. However, many are finding their lifestyle and the expectations on them, exhausting. This can sometimes lead to severe stress and fatigue, which will have an impact on your health and wellbeing.
Therefore, it’s vital to take a step back regularly so that you can give yourself some much-needed self-care. Taking time to relax, unwind, and do what makes you truly happy, is the perfect way to ensure you’ve got a balanced and fulfilling life. It’s time to start editing out the areas of your life that you only do because you think you should be doing them. Think about how things make you feel on the inside, and if they enrich your life or benefit your physical and mental health. The following are some ideas and inspiration for busy women who feel like it’s time to slow down every now and then, especially on those days where they’re feeling low.
Pick Up On Patterns
If you’re feeling more exhausted than usual, or tearful and anxious regularly; it might be more to do with your body, than your situation. Hormonal changes each month can directly impact how you feel, both mentally and physically. Therefore, it’s worth keeping a diary and noting down what days in the month you feel a certain way, or suffer from physical symptoms and discomfort. After a couple of months, you’ll be able to spot if there’s a pattern so that you can better prepare for these moments in the future.
Read up on the latest gynecology news and get to better understand what your body is doing, and why. This will help ensure that you can make and turn down plans or events if you know you’ll be better off having a warm bath and plenty of rest. Start planning your calendar around yourself, rather than everyone else; this is a great step towards successful self-care.
Plan To Relax
It’s time to start filling your diary up with relaxing activities that will allow you to switch off properly and unwind. Whether you enjoy a bubble bath, reading a book by the window, or a stroll in your local park; ensure that they are just as much of a priority as your other activities, and make time for them. Try to switch your phone or device off for the duration of your chill out time; you can’t clear your head and feel better if you’re constantly bombarded by messages and calls.
Most importantly, stop doing the things that make you unhappy; self-care is about the positive choices you make that will ensure you can keep smiling through even the hard times.
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