By Nicole Fuge, MD® Managing Editor
As women, and as mothers, we really need to make sure we’re looking after our health and wellbeing, because it is powerful stuff. And we can’t keep filling up everyone else’s cups if ours is bone dry. This week it’s Women’s Health Week (7-11 September), so it’s the perfect excuse to take a look inward, check-in with ourselves and see how we’re feeling. Even taking the time for a little self-care goes a long way. Here are some of our fav things to do when we have time mama me-time.
1 // Take Time Out
It is time to enjoy de-stressing and give yourself permission to let go of worries for a while. Yup, that’s right babe. Relaxing gives your mind and body time to recover from everyday stresses in life, which is vital for our overall wellbeing. There is so much you can do to help you chillax, and if you’re not sure where to start, try a guided meditation app and pop on a face mask (multitasking at its best!) Face masks don’t just improve the appearance of your skin, they can also be extremely therapeutic as the ultimate relaxation product. Check how long you need to leave your face mask on for and look for a meditation that runs for the same amount of time. Voila!
2 // Soak It Up
Taking a long soak in warm bath is not only a perfect time to catch up on your fav Netflix show or a guilt-free scroll of the ‘Gram, but it actually has several health benefits. These include calming the nervous system, balancing hormones, improving immunity, and improving joints, muscles, and bones. A bath also exposes our body to fluid, ensuring hydration in all aspects. You can give your bath a boost by adding oils or salts, such as Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Body Oil, which restores skin’s natural oil balance and is enriched with vitamins to promote healthy skin. Sounds like bliss.
3 // Say no to others and say yes to your self-care
Now this is a good one – and it will take some getting used to. Learning to say no can be extremely difficult and many of us feel obligated to say yes, especially when it comes to family, friends, and work colleagues. But, this can lead to burnout and anxiety if you are already overwhelmed, stressed or overworked – which is not good, mama. So, it may take a little practice, but saying no and putting yourself first (for once) will do wonders. Trust me. Plus, making self-care a priority will help boost your confidence and self-esteem and remind yourself that your needs are important too. Because they are!