Self-care is something that has become a trend over the years when really it should be a normal, integral part of daily life. Women are especially more likely to neglect taking care of themselves, as many so naturally assume the role of caretaker for others. But taking care of your own needs and carving out some time for yourself are essential tasks for maintaining and improving your physical and mental health.
Take an important step toward prioritizing your health and wellness by incorporating these self-care habits below into your routine!
1) Get used to saying no.
Many women want to help others instinctively. As a result, they end up with far too much on their plate. It’s important to learn that it is okay to say no to someone if it’s going to inhibit your ability to take care of yourself. Setting boundaries will help you build self-confidence and be a better support to others. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
2) Treat yourself the way you treat your friends.
Being kind to yourself is the foundation of self-care. You can take all the bubble baths and long walks you want, but if you’re treating yourself poorly, none of that will matter at the end of the day. Work on being attuned to your needs, desires, and goals. Encourage yourself to go after these things with the same energy and kindness you would give to your best friend.
3) Prioritize sleep.
The quality and quantity of sleep you get each night has a significant impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sleep is your mind and body’s time to rest and recharge, so you can function at maximum capacity while awake. Establish a sleep routine that allows for about 7-8 hours of sleep per night and create a calming sleeping environment with no distractions.
4) Set aside time for stress relief and self-care.
Self-care is something most people don’t prioritize unless it’s already written into their schedule. But you shouldn’t have to schedule a massage or yoga class just to make yourself take a break. Plan time regularly to devote to self-care activities such as reading, listening to music, exercising, meditating, or whatever helps you unwind. Making time for your hobbies, passions, and friends and family is also an important aspect of self-care to build into your routine.
5) Take care of your body.
The mind and body are undeniably intertwined. Have nerves ever given you a stomachache? Or have you ever experienced a headache from stress? Well, the connection goes both ways.; taking care of yourself physically has a positive impact on your mental health. This is why most self-care advice recommends implementing a healthy diet and exercise routine. While you don’t have to be perfect and ignore every pizza craving, you should make a sincere effort to fuel your body with healthy foods and find a physical activity that works your body and helps you de-stress.
Another important aspect of taking care of your body is keeping up with your annual wellness visits. Yearly appointments with your primary care doctor and gynecologist are a form of self-care just like hanging out with friends or going for a daily walk.
At South Avenue Women’s Services, we offer annual wellness visits with our caring and compassionate gynecologists.
While we are an abortion provider, we also offer a full range of well-woman OBGYN services. From Pap smears and mammograms to STD testing and birth control, we are here to meet all of your women’s healthcare needs and set you up for self-care success.
Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our services and schedule your first appointment!