What a way to be reminded – self-care

I know. It’s been a while. It was late June, I was in the final throes of revision for my final Year 2 exams and it was all too much, and I stopped writing.

Now I can hardly believe that two whole months and some have passed by.

After an extraordinarily crazy month of May with being continually on the move and having hardly any rest and relaxation whatsoever, and then moving straight into the final run up to the exams at the start of July, I started to feel burnt out, to the extent that when the exams were over, I couldn’t bring myself to write. Truth be told, I couldn’t bring myself to do other things besides too. The many things I’d planned for after the exams, and had been looking forward to, didn’t make the light of day.

Not a great way to be reminded of the importance of self-care, but it was a good reminder.

Self-care is such an essential part of our well-being, and yet, it’s something that many, women in particular, forget about – whether it’s because we take on too much, don’t make the time, or feel guilty putting ourselves first.

We really can’t be there properly for others if we don’t fill ourselves up first. How can we be the best partner, wife, mum, and all those other roles we have, if we’re too tired, or too stressed, or too irritable? Not to mention the potential for adrenal fatigue, where the body becomes too worn out to function properly.

Taking just 20 minutes a day (and more, if you can) to spend some time outdoors, or do some deep breathing, or meditation, or dancing, or getting a massage, or cat nap can make a significant difference to your vitality. We know this, but we think we don’t have the time, so we push away the messages from our body and carry on, like that Duracell bunny.

But if we don’t make the time, our body will make us make the time.

Don’t do that. Take the time for self-care. Here, now, today. As the question goes, “If not now, then when?”

Make your next years your best years.