From CEOs to stay-at-home mothers, every woman deserves, albeit needs a moment of self-care.
Whilst admiring the feats of such strong women, we often fail to note that their successes, despite requiring great volumes of hard work, also involve self-care.
As any working woman will tell you, it has to be scheduled like an appointment, and be dedicated to you, and you alone. Carving out a portion of the day for yourself, whether morning or night, is key for maintaining mental, physical and emotional well-being.
And if your struggling to find ways to consume the time you want to set aside for yourself, go no further; take inspiration from these working women, from those that make headlines every day, to the smaller businesswomen who have just as great an impact.
Du La, a naturopathic doctor, is one such example of a working woman who focuses on meditation as a key part of her self-care. By exercising mindfulness, a practice comparable to that of yoga and the calmness it brings, she claims she can see ways to improve when she doesn’t succeed. She can move on, rather than becoming angry and frustrated at herself.
Many working women partake in such practices in order to de-stress and truly take time out for oneself.
If you’re looking for a more positive outlook in life, how about giving this a go?
How about hitting the gym?
For some, exercise certainly does not suggest relaxing practices.
But instead of lugging oneself to the gym and begrudgingly stepping onto a treadmill, take inspiration from some of the world’s leading women. Diane von Furstenberg is a champion of this, particularly yoga and hiking.
By incorporating practices which can provide mindfulness, and get your heart rate going, you can truly access peak self-care. By making time for yourself, you can truly be enriched by the benefits of a quick ‘sweat session’.
So, don’t flash back to PE lessons; you don’t need to be up at 6am to do something you hate. Whether its walking a few days a week, or opting for yoga with its multiple health benefits, remember to find what feels right for you.
Self-care is all about yourself. Do what you enjoy.
Amongst the stresses women face every day, we rarely find the time to flex our creative muscles.
Both writing a journal detailing one’s feelings can bring a moment of solitude we so desperately crave, and speak in a more creative voice that we neglect.
Carol Dano, a creative director, marks her moments of self-care as having a cup of tea and journaling before bed.
Writing a journal can also help develop a positive outlook upon life by eliminating negative feelings. Instead of complaining about what didn’t go to plan, one could use that time or oppurtunity to refocus on the positives. For example, instead of tweeting about the traffic, take that time to do some deep breathing, maybe even a quick stretch?
A positive moment to praise oneself can thus infer itself as a daily habit.
Paralleling this is celebrating our creative flairs, whether good, or really not so good. But don’t take this as a time to hide your poorly painted bowl of fruit in a cupboard. Take a class, learn a skill, do something different and do it for you.
Do what makes you happy, and use it as time for yourself.
A spa break down the hall
During times of stress, we are only a few clicks away from booking a spa break weekend – but take a leaf out of Emma Watson’s book, and try a quick bath instead.
“I have a bath every single day of my life. And if I can have two or three — amazing. Nothing terrible is going to happen in the bath, so I always find time for that.”
Wacky, but still rather relatable, Emma confirms what self-care should be about. You.
What makes you feel safe, happy within yourself, and take it as much as you need. You don’t have to follow a rule book, because there simply is none.
When sketching out your me-time, remember the personal nature of such time for yourself. It doesn’t have to follow a strict regimen of several yoga poses before breakfast, climaxing in a 5k after work to fully connect with oneself and achieve mindfulness.
Even the most iconic working women, such as Michelle Obama will tell you that having a break really means having a break: “Sometimes I give myself a break. So I will retreat a moment from the fray, just to breathe”.
If you’re going to take it from anyone, take it from the matriarch of the Obam