Even the most efficient and least emotional Femme Boss needs to take time for self-care. It’s a fact of human nature – as we mature we need to make time to take care of ourselves in a way that helps us feel motivated to continue to engage with our world. This post discusses several options you might try out to make a habit of healthy self-care!
Take a Pamper Day
I usually have a pamper day about every Sunday. I know that this treat is coming up every week, so I really look forward to it and it keeps me motivated to work hard during the week. During a pamper day I will usually sleep in late, do laundry, take a bath with a fizzy, scented bath bomb, put on comfy lounge clothes, and choose not to wear makeup. I also take time on a pamper day to care for my spiritual well-being by doing things like reading a yoga magazine or motivational book, watching some health and fitness vlogs, watching a documentary about an inspirational historical figure, or looking up new healthy and delicious Vegan recipes to try.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day helps to cycle impurities out of your system, making it easier on your kidneys to do their work. Staying hydrated also helps to keep you from getting annoying headaches or experiencing “brain fuzziness” that often happens in the post-lunch slump. Your skin and lips will also thank you.
Eat for Health
Research shows time and again that diets filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and unsaturated, plant-based fats encourage health and happiness. These foods are not high in calories but provide the fiber and other essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to keep your body working efficiently and with plenty of energy. Staying away from caffeine, but incorporating herbal, green, or black tea can also provide tons of antioxidants to protect your body from oxidative damage that happens when you spend too much time in the sun or when your body’s metabolic processes get out of whack.
I probably sound like a broken record, but carving out a small amount of time (even just 5 or 10 minutes) each day to meditate makes a world of a difference towards how you feel about life and self. If you’re interested in learning more about meditation practice, check out this post.
Taking 5 to 10 minutes at the end of every day to just dump your racing thoughts and cares onto paper right before bed will allow you to let go and get better quality sleep. Allowing the paper to own your worries will put your mind and soul at ease and get you trail off into dreams sooner.
Make Time for Sleep
Research has consistently shown that high school students need 8-10 hours of sleep each night, and adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. Making sleep a priority will improve your productivity during the work hours and will keep you from feeling sluggish and ineffective. This will also enhance your view of yourself in time, because you will be seeing yourself as productive, contributing, and efficient.
Hannah Stringfellow is a freelance blogger and world traveler. She holds an M.S., Chemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include women’s empowerment, health and wellness, and cross-cultural competency.