As a woman, life may feel a little challenging at times, especially when it seems like your spouse, children, friends, or co-workers are always depending on you for something. It’s important to incorporate some regular rhythms in your life to take care of yourself in the midst of the everyday obligations that take up your time. If you sit down one evening and figure out a regular schedule of self-care, you’re more likely to take the time you need, and the consistency will give you some relief before you reach a point of desperation. Here are a few suggestions for establishing a healthy and life-giving rhythm.
When we’re especially busy, it can be difficult to make time to set that haircut and color appointment, and before you know it, your ends are broken, roots are grown out, and your color has lots its shine. It can be difficult to get a last-minute appointment with a good stylist, so book appointments months in advance. Each time you get a cut and color, set an appointment for the next one about six weeks out, depending on the length of your hair. Having a refreshed look before you start feeling less polished can make a big difference in your self-esteem.
Monthly massages may seem like an extravagant purchase, but they may just be the thing that keeps you sane throughout a hectic month. If you have a relaxing time to look forward to, some of the more difficult aspects of a busy schedule may feel less taxing. If you can’t afford monthly massages at the high-end spa in your city, look into some less expensive options that encourage monthly visits, such as a neighborhood Massage Envy Spa. A massage can be just the thing you need to relax and let go of stressors that are bothering you.
Create weekly rituals that give you the solitude you need, and set boundaries around those rituals. If you come home from work after a busy day, let the kids sit in front of the TV to watch a cartoon, and give yourself the space to lie down with your eyes closed and let the cares of the day fall away. Take turns with your spouse watching the kids on even and odd days, so each of you get some time to yourselves after coming home from work.