Take Better Care Of Yourself: 5 Self-Care Tools
Today, we want to encourage and remind all women how important it is to make their health a priority.
Women have traditionally been assigned the societal position of caregivers. They are the ones who make care-related decisions and who live with the responsibility and pressure of being there for everyone around them and who needs them, increasing their responsibilities and reducing the time they can dedicate to themselves. An invisible and underappreciated work, yet one that is vital and highly relevant.
This is an additional weight that many women may not be fully aware of, and it can negatively impact their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
A study published in The Journal of Brain & Behaviour 1 found that women experience stress and anxiety twice as frequently as males do. But, why?
The main reasons presented in this study are:
- Household Chores: When it comes to household tasks, women typically bear a greater burden than men. Women perform at least 2.5 times as much unpaid domestic and care work as men do, according to the United Nations.
- Emotional work: Women tend to show emotions such as empathy or calmness, even if it is not what they feel, and that requires additional effort.
How can you take better care of yourself?
The following self-care resources can give you more power:
Learn to set limits: Establish limits because you can't always achieve everything. Work, housework, looking after your parents, lending a hand to a friend, and looking after the family... Setting limits is crucial for your personal well-being and mental health. You should also listen to your body and take care of it. The first step in beginning a self-care routine is setting aside time for yourself. Because you cannot serve others if you do not take care of yourself.
Set yourself first: Taking care of oneself shouldn't be seen as a whim or a selfish gesture. Taking care of oneself is essential and should be prioritised accordingly.
Talk: Learning to say "no" can help you manage stress and create a balance between your time and your constraints. It will also be beneficial for you to begin practising healthy communication with those in your immediate vicinity.
Activities for you: You should schedule a certain time and space each week for yourself. You must relax, enjoy yourself, and let go of your inhibitions. Enjoy your time with friends and family and don't feel obligated to them.
Listen to yourself: We frequently lose hearing our voices due to the outside distraction of friends and family's concerns. It's crucial to learn to listen to ourselves. Have you eaten? Are you in good health? Do you require a break? How recently have you visited a doctor?
We hope that these tips can help you start your path towards self-care and give yourself all that time and pampering that you deserve. It will not always be easy to put everything into practice, but it can be very helpful to start with some of them.