Whether you are a career woman or homemaker and stay-at-home mom, you are always short of time, aren’t you? Does it make you feel guilty if you take five minutes for yourself? There’s a career to build, home to manage, and children to nurture. Amid all this, where’s the time for yourself?
Well, you need to make that time. Because if you just keep on running, trying to manage more responsibilities than you can, it will lead to frustration and burnout. And that will not be good for you, your family, and your career.
5 ways every woman needs to take care of herself.
Regular exercise doesn’t just help manage weight, it is essential for overall health and wellbeing. Exercise helps you reduce obesity. Obesity can lower immunity and lead to a lot of health and emotional issues. Regular exercise also strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation. Exercising reduces the risk of heart diseases, helps manage cholesterol level, and also lowers blood pressure and triglyceride levels. A moderate level of regular exercise also helps in managing blood sugar and insulin levels. It may also reduce your risk of some cancers, including breast cancer.
Exercise helps in strengthening bones and muscles and also improves balance, reducing the risk of injury from falls. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals that can make you feel happier and more relaxed, and help in keeping your cognitive skills sharp as you age. And exercise improves your sleep too.
In short, exercise can make you healthier and happier. So, no matter how busy you are, make time for exercising. If you can’t exercise for 30 minutes at a stretch, exercise for 5 minutes several times a day. But do it. A moderate-intensity exercise like walking can be great for your health and happiness.
Some amount of stress is helpful. It makes you feel more energetic and alert and keeps you motivated to get things done. But too much and long-term stress can lead to many medical and psychological problems. Stress can give you headaches and general body aches. It can upset your digestion.
Stress can even lead to obesity! When you are stressed, it increases the amount of cortisol hormone in your body. This can lead to overeating and make your body store fat. Stress can also cause problems in getting pregnant, reduce sex drive, and disturb menstrual cycle. Excess stress can raise blood pressure and heart rate and increase your risk of heart diseases and stroke. Chronic stress may also lead to psychological disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
So you must make time to relax. Life is a hectic race. But constant stress can break you. So for at least a few minutes every day, sit back, take deep breaths, and relax. You will see that taking relaxing breaks makes you more efficient.
Socializing is not just a way to pass time. It also benefits your physical and mental health. But by socializing, we do not mean sitting alone and interacting on Facebook. You need to meet people and have friendly interactions with them.
Healthy social interactions can work wonders for your mental and emotional health. Social interactions help in improving confidence and self-esteem. And believe it or not, it can boost your immunity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Socializing can also keep the brain healthy as you age.
Staying at home and reading a book or watching television may be more comfortable. But stepping out of home and interacting with friends and family is healthier. So, make time for social interactions. It is important for your emotional and physical health.
- Pamper Yourself:
A bit of pampering does nobody any harm. You may find yourself too busy finishing the chores, but do take out a few minutes for making yourself happy. Make a compulsive purchase. Give yourself a beauty treatment. Or just allow yourself that extra dollop of ice cream. In short, make yourself happy. Happiness is very important for good health. When you are happy, you are likely to make better lifestyle choices. Happiness also appears to boost the immune system. By reducing blood pressure, happiness may also reduce your risk of heart disease. So make yourself happy. Pamper yourself every once in a while.
- Have a Hobby:
A hobby will take up more of your time, making you busier. But when you do something you enjoy, you feel happier. And we have already told you happiness boosts health. Some hobbies can help you have an active lifestyle. Some will boost your creativity, self-confidence, and self-esteem. A hobby can also improve your concentration and mental alertness. A hobby can give you many physical and emotional benefits. So pick up a hobby, anything you like.
You may think you have no time for all these. But the five things above need not be separate. A hobby can give you regular exercise, exercising with a partner or team can help you socialize, socializing with friends can help you relax. Your health and happiness are important for the health and happiness of your family too. So, do these five things now. You owe it to yourself.