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5 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

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Stomach Virus. Bronchitis. Cold and Allergies. 😷 Yep, I’ve experienced all of these in the past month and a half. This month has been incredibly difficult for me as it relates to my health. It seemed as if each week I was getting hit with one sickness after another.

I went to see the doctor twice for bronchitis. The second time they ran test as the doctor told me that I was developing pneumonia. It was a very difficult time for me as I still had responsibilities at work. I just couldn’t hit the stop button to end the madness so I could get better.

Then a co-worker came to me and she said, “What can I do to help you? I have never seen anyone as tired as you!” Whoa! That hit home. I am a very self-reflective person. If someone sees something, I am very quick to evaluate me first. I knew she was right. I heard the same thing from my family but sometimes you need someone on the outside to tell you. I had to find a way to practice better self care for myself so I could be a better wife, mom, friend and employee.

Self care is vitally important not just for stress relief but also for overall mental health. It can do everything from help after a bad day to improve your self confidence. It also doesn’t take a lot to take proper care of yourself. Here are some different ways to practice self care every day.

1. Read Something Inspirational

I have a 50 minute ride to work so I take this time to listen to podcast and my Bible App. During this time when I’ve felt under the weather, listening to the Bible has really pull me through. I don’t know what you believe, but I believe God’s Word brings life. Even though I wasn’t feeling well, listening to the Bible gave me the strength I needed to continue doing what I needed to do.

2. Keep a Journal

A really excellent way to start practicing self care every day is to keep a journal. This is something you can easily keep with you no matter where you are. I have a digital journal that I can access by computer, phone or iPad. This works for me as I don’t want to carry around a notebook. It is still good to have something to write in so I keep a small notebook that fits in the palm of my hand. It allows me to make certain notes that I can add to my digital journal later. With journaling, you are able to write in it whenever you feel stressed or just to talk about your day. Journaling is very therapeutic.

3. Have Alone Time Every Day

This can be very difficult for a working mom but it’s not impossible. Make sure you have at least a few minutes each day all to yourself. This can be a 30-minute walk that you go on after dinner, a fun 15-minute dance party all alone in your room before bed, or just a 5 minutes in the morning before everyone else gets up while you enjoy your cup of coffee. Proverbs 31 Ministries has an amazing app called First 5. The goal of this app is to encourage women to dedicate the first five minutes of their day to God. It helps you transform your time with God and therefore transform your life. It can seem so simple and minimal, but these little stretches of time where you are alone and just doing something for yourself can make all the difference.

4. Get More Exercise

You physical health is also important, so don’t forget about exercise. This will make you feel better about yourself and raise your self confidence, which also helps your mental state. Plus, exercise is really good for helping to relieve your stress and the endorphins you get from it can be tremendous for improving your mood. You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day either. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or doing weight lifting in the morning before your shower is perfect. I did not get any of this done since I’ve been sick. At my job, we have a walking program that gives us health incentives for walking a certain amount of steps each month. I haven’t been able to do anything in December and January but I’m definitely getting back on track in February.

5. Spend Time with Friends

I have had no girl time lately. This weekend, I was supposed to hang out with some ladies and I had to cancel because I am just getting over being sick. I want to make sure I stay healthy and I don’t make anyone else sick. However, I value my girl time. It’s an opportunity to relax and enjoy great conversation with friends. Every woman needs this especially moms who dedicate their lives to their families. You need to have time for you and the girls.

In addition to exercise, you should also be focusing on proper diet by drinking more water and eating healthier. Women, we must start taking better care of ourselves. We are the most important person to our families. 😉 

So who’s also struggled this winter with your health? The flu has really taken a toll on the health of many. How are you practicing self care for yourself?

 

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Kesha Holloway

The author Kesha Holloway

Kesha Holloway is the founder of Living in Your Sweet Spot. She is passionate about being a wife and mother and desires to align herself with women equally passionate about their families. She believes the woman is the backbone of the family unit and it's her mission to help lift women to achieve their purpose.

38 Comments

  1. I am also sick. This is really important and couldn’t have come at a better time for me to read. I love writing when I am not feeling well. It is usually about the only thing I have the energy for! Self care is so important! Even the littest bit!

    1. Hi Amanda! I hope you start feeling better soon. You have to listen to your body. If you don’t stop when you are sensing that you are becoming ill, it could wipe you off your feet. It’s great you were able to write. I could hardly do anything but go to work and go home. It was horrible! Feel better!

  2. Oh shame Kesha, I’m sorry you’ve been feeling so rotten lately. Hope you feel better real soon and do look after yourself. We all need that “me” time to recover

  3. I struggled a lot last month as well. I got the flu and my body seemed to just completely shut down, allowing other viruses to move in easy. It was such a nightmare and even if it’s been over a month, I am still coughing and feel tired. I could have used some of that me time, but unfortunately I was on the road, which made it worse.

    1. I am so glad I didn’t get the flu. It is really bad this year. I believe I got hit with back to back illnesses because my immune system tanked and I wasn’t getting enough rest to recover because I still had to work. All I could do was pray I wasn’t making it worse for myself. I hope you are on the road to recovery now.

  4. I agree with you post. I have tried and incorporated this over the last year and I can say I am so much more at peace with myself and less stressed. Making time for myself is a daily practice for me.

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  5. Self love is so important in this day and age – it’s easy to get distracted and side tracked by other things, so essential to make time for yourself. Managing your mental health is definitely one of the key parts of self love x

  6. I strongly agree alone time and exercise are really important for a healthy life. Amazing points you have shared here for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  7. I have been sick since Christmas – and this bug is nasty. Both my sister and my sister-in-law have had pneumonia. And there is no way I would consider going to work and exposing others to this virus. I hope your self-care routine helps you feel better soon.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear you had it so bad over the past few weeks, I hope you are doing better now? These tips are great, I could be doing some of them a little better if I am honest. I agree with you that exercise can benefit in so many ways when it comes to health and to fighting off illnesses and how quickly we recover from them.

  9. I really like your idea to write in a journal. I write daily in a diary and find it very therapeutic for me and stress releaving.

  10. It’s so important to put yourself first. How can you expect to take care, supports, etc if you don’t take care of yourself.

  11. These are great and easy tips that anyone can implement. I try to take an hour to myself every day, though sometimes it’s less. I also meditate, use essential oils, candles, and face masks.

  12. These are all great tips for anyone trying to take better care of themselves. I particularly agree with the taking time for yourself and getting exercise ones, I find those essential to a healthy mind and it has really helped me be less stressed 🙂

  13. Your tips are a good to do list, even if one is not a woman. A religious woman 🙂
    I also think that physical movement is important. If i haven’t walked for 60 minutes a day, I do tend to feel I haven’t taken proper care of myself. Walk, walk, walk!

  14. This is really helpful. I used to always keep a journal and that helped me with anxiety, however, I do not need it so much anymore. I find that exercise helps a lot too.

  15. This is such a great post. Self-care is so important. We need to taking care of our selves. and this is such a great list and reminder to do.

  16. Great list. I can’t agree more with the importance of exercising. It’s not just good for the body but also for the mind.

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