Women have a habit of putting others first. But remember the old adage? You have to be wearing your own oxygen mask before you can help others with theirs.
It’s Women’s Health Week this week (2-6 Sept). So at Bodhi J, we’re reminding all the women in our lives to put themselves as a priority, take a break and slow down.
So how do we actually put ourselves as a priority? Simple in theory. Hard in practice. Here are some 5 ways to factor yourself in.
First things first. You have to make time. It may seem inconsequential but taking time for yourself is beneficial in many ways. It gives you the opportunity to wind down, de-stress and reflect. But it also sends a message that your health is important. Whether it’s a coffee out, a morning walk – whatever gives you the opportunity to unwind is good news.
When was the last time you did something indulgent? As women, we can feel guilty spoiling ourselves. We could be spending that money on our kids or saving for a family holiday, right? But doing something for yourself is actually helping others. The better we treat ourselves, the better we treat others. Need ideas? Check out our body healing therapies.
Create a Nourishing Exercise Routine
We all know regular exercise is integral to good health. It helps maintain a healthy weight, improves your mood and reduces the chance for chronic disease. But there’s no use doing an exercise if you don’t enjoy it. Thrashing it at the gym might be fun for some but for others, it’s a nightmare. Any exercise is better than no exercise and slow, gentle movement is good for the soul. A walk with a friend, swimming and yoga are all ways to get the benefits of exercise without feeling like you’re punishing yourself. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise
Feel Your Emotions
How are you feeling? Are you stressed? Lonely? Sad? Sometimes the busier we get, the less aware we are aware of our emotions. And if we make a habit of avoiding our feelings we can turn to destructive habits to let off steam like drinking, smoking, or excessive exercising. Months go past and until we fall in a heap and can’t get up do we sit up and realise, “oh, I’m not feeling good”. Showing up for our emotions as they arise will help with emotional regulation and make you a happier and healthier human.
Fun, remember that? Work, family and chores. Fun falls down the list. Weeks fly by and you can’t remember the last time you actually had a laugh. What do you do to let off steam? What do you do just because? It’s different for everyone. Some women like to have a few wines with the girls, go to a show in the city, and others need to do something adventurous to feel alive again. Whatever is fun for you and makes you forget all the stuff in life getting you down, do that. And try to do it regularly.
So this week, take a break. Make time. Make yourself a priority.