Every Woman is a Hero
Guaranteed your title starts with “super” and it’s your responsibility to save the day. We are all gifted with any array of talents and have powers that go beyond us. We are all a hero, although it may not be as glamorous as what we see on tv, it’s true nevertheless. As the glue holding everything together, we take on a lot and that has its toll. The effect can impact us physically and emotionally. It’s time we take a step back, put ourselves first, and be our own heroes.
When looking at our health, it’s important to look at it as a whole.The two work in tandem, needing the other to perform at its best. Our mental health is just as, if not more important than our physical health. Statistically, depression and anxiety rates are higher in women. Therefore it is important that we, as women, take the time to know ourselves. Too often there is a sense of guilt for wanting and needing to relax. It is something that needs no justification and is essential for our well being. Take the time, really pay attention and listen to what your body is asking of you.
Self care comes in many forms and there is no right or wrong way to go about it. The main point is that you are taking the time to do something solely for yourself. It can be as simple as enjoying your favorite cup of coffee or as lavish as a shopping spree.
Some of my favorite self care habits include:
- Going outside
- Breathing exercises
- Diffusing essential oils
- Listening to music
- Limiting screen time
- Staying hydrated
- Doing something creative you love
Having a massage is a happy medium. It is not only a good dose of self care, it is a path to a healthier lifestyle. If you live with anxiety or depression massage therapy could be a great option for you. Dopamine is the hormone that makes you feel happy, but is only released when it is triggered. Luckily, massage increases blood circulation, causing your dopamine levels to increase and send a wave of endorphins throughout your body. Massage has also been linked to reducing the levels of cortisol, a hormone triggered as the result of stress. With cortisol levels lowered serotonin levels are able to increase, giving your body the power to fight off pain and anxiety.
Honor Where You Are At
The limits we push our minds and bodies to are ones that can have irreversible effects. Remember it is okay to slow down. Never feel guilty about putting yourself and your needs first. In a fast paced world, moments to pause and reflect become so out of reach. Find a way to enjoy yourself and create healthy habits. Our mental health is important and self care is something we owe to ourselves. Take the opportunity to recharge and prepare for what life has in store for you. When we are living a happy, healthy life, we are unstoppable and there is nothing we can’t do.