Life can sometimes feel overwhelming, and women are not exempt from these experiences. More often than not, whether you're single or married, career focused, or a stay-at-home parent, women tend to put the needs of others first. We give our attention to work pressure and deadlines or taking care of family, friends, and others in our community. We tend to prioritize the needs of those around us along with all the associated obligations, and when we feel that we are unable to fulfil all of our roles, we beat ourselves up about it.
Many women often don't realise that in order to give away that much energy and serve others effectively, we need to have sufficient energy to begin with. In the long run, if we don't up our reserves, it may become challenging to dispense energy from our depleted state. Furthermore, there is a risk of under-delivering that may lead to feelings of guilt and disappointment.
"SELF-CARE IS GIVING THE WORLD THE BEST OF YOU, INSTEAD OF WHAT'S LEFT OF YOU." KATIE REED
The first step to being fully present for others is to ensure that we refuel ourselves regularly. Consistently working on improving mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health benefits both the individual and the people around them.
Intentionally carve out time to create and practice good habits that rejuvenate you holistically. Strive to build healthy routines that include:
- good sleeping habits
- a healthy diet
- a proper skin care routine
- time away to relax
- a meditation practice
- being patient with ourselves
- physical activity
- self-development programs, etc.
The key here is to create harmony within in order to deliver your best.