Hallmarks of Self-Care
There are several hallmarks of self-care that are important
for women to do on a regular basis. Spending time alone, finding a support
system, getting enough sleep, and making time for fun; are all important
Spending Time Alone
Centerstone, a national not-for-profit behavioral health care
provider, advocates that women spend time alone every day as part of their
self-care routine. Many times women are “on-call” from the time they wake up
until the time they go to bed. Whether they are caring for children, working,
or running a household, they are always in the company of others.
Plan to spend 20-30 minutes alone, every day, as part of a
self-care ritual. This time can be used to rest and refuel. Sit alone in your
favorite spot, whether you’re outside at a park or in a comfortable chair on in
your home. This time should be very important.
Finding people in your life that you can talk to about your
daily struggles is going to help your relieve stress. If you don’t have close
family or friends, then it is important that you seek out a support system. You
can use the help of community support groups, online support groups, and even
local counselors and social workers. According to the American Psychological
Association, a healthy support system will assist with solving problems and
relieving personal stress.
According to Sleep.org women not only need more sleep than men
need, but they also experience more sleep disturbances than their male
counterparts and handle the sleep deprivation worse. Sleep deprivation can
cause anger, depression, hostility, and increased risks for diabetes and cardiovascular
disease. All of these factors make sleep an important element of self-care that
women can’t afford to skip out on.
Make Time For Fun
The Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre recommends that women
make time for activities that they enjoy. Making time for fun means that you
are recharging your emotional bank with energy for those times when stress and
fatigue are going to drain it. Enjoyable activities give you something to look
forward to in stressful times making them less taxing and provide you with a
release after a stressful week or day.
Why Stress Over Self Care?
Many times during a busy week, the idea of taking time for self-care
can seem frivolous and even selfish. Why is it so important? Somehow, we have
gotten this idea that taking care of ourselves should only be done as a reward
for a hard week. Lifehacker points out that self-care isn’t a reward it should
be part of the process.
Think about when you are working on a large project. How
often will you push off a trip to the restroom, a lunch break, or a break in
general, to finish the next batch of work? Limiting your care of yourself will not
only make you burn out faster, but it will limit your ability to enjoy what you
Take the time to make the trip to the bathroom, take your
lunch break, or take a walk around the office. It will increase your happiness
and your overall enjoyment.