We’re finally to January and let’s be honest—who feels exhausted, run down, sick, or down? If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone. Many of us feel this way coming off of the Holidays and still having to face more months of winter.
Many women are givers. We give to our jobs and go the extra mile. We give to our families 24 hours a day. We are up late and up early day after day. Then you throw the Holidays into the mix. It’s the most wonderful time of the year but also the most stressful time of the year for many of us. Not only do we have to do everything we normally do but then we have to make our kids’ holiday dreams come true. And then we feel that we have to keep traditions alive like Christmas cards and neighbor gifts and many, many more. Oh yeah…did I mention paying for the holiday dreams is also part of what we give?
Many of us are pleasers and doers. We do a lot of good for family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. But if we are not careful, we will burn out and have nothing left to give. You can’t pour water from an empty cup. We must take some time out for us—to regroup, to rest, to plan—and to face it all again.
I hope all of you have at least one New Year’s resolution to take care of YOU! And I hope you follow through. You can’t “be there” for so many other people unless you can “be there” for you first.
What I do to care for me
I wanted to share with you what I do to keep going. I like to call Tuesday, “Take Care of Me, Tuesday.” Tuesday is MY day. I schedule all of my appointments on Tuesdays, so I can focus on my own needs. Maybe it’s a quiet drive, or the radio cranked up while running errands, because we know the toilet paper doesn’t buy itself. But how much better is buying toilet paper, and running errands, alone, with our thoughts? So much better. Hair appointments, doctor appointments and all those things, for me, are on Tuesday.
What you can do to care for you
Find a way to take care of you. Maybe it’s stopping in at your favorite coffee shop, or bakery and having a treat by yourself. Maybe it’s designated time to curl up and read. Maybe it’s having lunch with a friend. Maybe it’s getting on the treadmill and walking a few miles. Do something for yourself. You deserve it! Here are some more ideas on how to take care of you:
- Drink water first thing in the morning. Most of us wake up a little bit dehydrated water can help us feel good and get energized for the day.
- Sleep. Get at least 7 hours. Help your body detoxify and recharge.
- Make a menu for the week and try to generally eat healthy, whole foods. It feels good to eat healthy and to take care of ourselves.
- Get moving. Get some form of exercise every day. Perhaps you just take a short walk outside. Maybe you meet a friend at the gym. Doing something is what is important for our physical and mental health.
- Plan time away from your phone and computer. Unplug every day, even if it just for 10-15 minutes. Think about your day and your relationships instead of scrolling through pictures of others.
- Take a quick nap. I know this sounds like the ultimate luxury but a 15-20 minute nap may be all you need to make it through the day and to feel great. It may do more for you than caffeine or chocolate!
Take care of you!