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The Importance of Self-Care: Making Time for Yourself.

The Importance of Self-Care: Making Time for Yourself.

My title was going to be even longer than this. It was going to be The Importance of Self-Care: Making Time for Yourself Amidst Busy Schedules! 

Somehow the meaning of it was lost with the extra words so I went with the shorter version!

It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life especially for women over 50. Usually they are juggling multiple responsibilities and commitments such as business or work plus family stuff like older children leaving home or off to university. Then there's the older parents to keep an eye on too as they are less able to live independently in many cases.

Anyway amid all the chaos it's even more important to make the time for yourself and some self-care. Self-care isn't selfish it's essential to maintaining your general health, well-being and quality of life!

In this blog I'm going to share some tips on incorporating healthy habits, food and drink into your busy life.

Why does Self-Care Matter?

Self-care includes any activity that nurtures your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It's about the INTENTIONAL action to take to recharge and rejuvenate yourself. As life gets busy for everyone at times, as an older lady, it is even more important so you can maintain your vitality and resilience.

Healthy Habits for Self-Care:

1.Sleep. Aim to have 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night to support your overall health and well-being.

2.Move your body. Add some regular exercise to your daily routine even walking or dancing can make such a difference.

3.Practice Mindfulness. Take some moments out of your busy day to create mindfulness moments. Can be a cup of coffee or tea, deep breathing exercises or meditation.

4. Set Boundaries. Start saying NO to those events or commitments that drain your energy so you can protect your time and spend on those things that replenish you.

 

Healthy Food and Drink Choices

  1. Nourish your body with those fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, wholegrains and healthy fats. Whatever your food choices increase the unprocessed  foods in your meals.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day plus healthy coffees and teas help you stay hydrated.
  3. Mindful Eating. Savour each bite ,chew the food thoroughly and avoid distractions can really help to improve your meals.
  4. Healthy Snacking. Choose nutritious snacks such as nuts, Greek yoghurt, berries to keep you going if you get hungry in between meals. 

 

Self-Care is not a luxury but an essential part of your life especially if you are a woman over 50. 

By incorporating healthy habits of quality sleep, healthy food and drink, building up your mindfulness moments through the day and protecting your energy, you can thrive at every stage of life.

Julie Ward is a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. If you have questions about wellness, coaching or any of our products please Get In Touch.