If you are a business owner and mom chances you have very little time for yourself, yet if you are going to function at an optimal level you will need to make self-care a priority. On the surface, it can feel selfish to focus on yourself especially if you are prone to putting everyone else’s needs ahead of your own but I assure you it’s not. Understand that self-care looks different for everybody and is dependant on your needs.
What is self-care?
Self-care is intentionally taking the time to nourish and replenish yourself so you can show up as the best version of yourself. It’s the act of any activity that improves your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well being.
Why is self-care so important?
It does not only make you more effective but affects your quality of life. It improves your mental and physical health. Practising self-care enhances your self-esteem, you are sending a message to yourself and others that your needs matter. It’s about restoring yourself in every area of your life. Let’s look at some self-care ideas you can incorporate into your life.
Prayer: There is a spiritual dimension to you that needs to be nurtured. Prayer recharges you spiritually. There is peace and revelation that comes with knowing you are guided by a higher power and that your life is filled with purpose. That you can seek and connect with God.
Meditation: Reduces anxiety and stress levels and allows you to become more conscious and self-aware. Mindful meditation has also been linked to the reduction of chronic pain. You can start with a few minutes a day.
Journaling: Helps you clarify your thoughts, fully express your emotions and process events. It is also known to help reduce stress levels.
Mindful eating: Our bodies are the vessels we use to complete everyday activities, it only makes sense to take care of it. Food also directly affects our moods and energy levels.
Cultivating gratitude: According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher there are physical benefits like a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure. The psychological benefits are experiencing higher levels of optimism and positive emotions.
Move your body with Yoga: It doesn’t have to be intense exercise. There are different types of Yoga each offering different benefits, the obvious one is that it improves flexibility and muscle strength but studies show that yoga is calming, restorative and increases blood flow to vital organs and promotes healing.
Declutter: Clutter can interrupt your ability to think. Decluttering your home promote your mental well being. It allows you to create more space and a more harmonious environment.
Delegate: Resist the urge to control everything and allow someone to step in so you can free up some time for yourself. Be sure to schedule self-care into your daily routine so it becomes a habit.
Unplug from technology: It allows you to stay focused and present but you are also unplugging from the negative emotions that social media can cause.
Get enough sleep: Go to bed at a good hour, not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable and moody. Waking up well-rested allows you to function better.
It’s okay to say NO: You can’t be everything to everyone or attend every social function. You are a limited resource. Say no and don’t allow guilt to seep in.
Treat yourself: Do something that makes you feel good but you rarely get a chance to do, it can be anything from an indulgent meal to a pedicure. Be sure to allow yourself to enjoy it mama, you know you deserve it.
Are you practising self-care?