Happy Women’s Month to all our incredible ladies out there! Let’s face it, the past few months have been rather tough and we hope that you are taking some time out this month to relax, take a breather and take care of yourself!
With the ongoing pandemic and what seems to be like endless lockdowns, we understand that it’s tough to take the time out for some much-needed self-care. Women are capable of many wonderful things however, we simply cannot fix the worlds’ problems. But we can make a point to check in with ourselves and our health. So without, further a due and in honour of women’s month, we decided to share our seven self-care tips to help you find your calm in the storm.
1. Write down five things that you are grateful for.
This attitude of gratitude goes a long way in the book of self-care. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in the stress and worries of what the future might hold, we forget to stop and acknowledge all the blessings that we already have. We suggest keeping a little notebook next to your bed and jot down five things in your life that you are grateful for. You can do this in the morning as soon as you wake up or you can choose to have a reflective moment before bed. Just try to do it every day as this practice can help you put some things into perspective.
2. Take 5 minutes to decompress.
Self-care doesn’t have to take up too much of your time. It can be as simple as putting your phone down and spending 5 minutes outside. Or you can simply walk away from your work and take 5 minutes to sit peacefully over a cup of tea, try a short mediation or just be with your own thoughts for a little while.
3. Move for at least 30 minutes a day.
Movement is medicine! We’re not telling you to go all out and start some unrealistic workout regime. You can move in any way you like. Whether that be a walk in your neighbourhood, a quick yoga class or a dance party in your living room. By moving, you strengthen your muscles, improve your balance and coordination. Some studies even show that “walking 30-40 minutes a day three times per week can help ‘regrow’ the structures of the brain linked to cognitive decline in older adults.”
4. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
This one is tough for most people as we are living busy lifestyles that aren’t designed to fit into a 24 hour day. A healthy adult should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Self-care can be as simple as allowing yourself to go to bed early or sleep in late.
5. Start your day on a pleasant note.
Starting your day with something you enjoy can be a great way to set the mood for the rest of the day. Read your book in bed for 20 minutes, brew your favourite cup of coffee or start the day with some gentle yoga. Anything that’ll put a smile on your face will do.
6. Confront your negativity on paper.
Self-love is self-care in its greatest form. All that negative self-talk, those mean little thoughts you think to yourself and the endless comments of self-doubt all add up. Eventually, you’ll start to believe those thoughts. So we recommend writing down all those negative thoughts and feelings. Acknowledge them. By doing this, you’ll have more room for positivity as you have banished the negativity to paper.
7. Have a present moment
We are constantly on the run in our busy lives. So taking a few minutes to be present is important for us to savour the moment before it rushes by. Try mindfully eating your food, see if you can taste all the flavours. Sit outside and identify all the sounds you can hear.
There you have it, our self-care tips to help you take care of yourself this women’s month. Make sure to try out a few and remember to start small. Self-care can look different for everyone. It’s your own unique journey that can only work for you. We hope you enjoyed our seven self-care tips to help you find your calm in the storm. Make sure to share this post to spread the self-care love this month and remember:
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
~ Many Hale