To all the Go-Go-Go Girls!
I go and I go and I go….as so many of us do. As women - we’re get it done gals. We take care of everything and everyone and often forget ourselves. In honor of Women’s Health month, I’d like to share with you my personal journey in what I now believe is one of the most critical components of women’s health.
The seed was first planted by an ABWA sister at my first ABWA National Leader-ship Conference. While we were in a break-out session, when I mentioned the challenges of being a go-go-go girl, she looked directly at me, and said, “Learn” with a long pause, “how to put yourself on the top of your To Do List!”
It was a “wow” moment for me, and I latched on to those words, as I made every effort to do just that. At first, it seemed counter-intuitive, and selfish. I would set the intention, but it didn’t happen, but eventually, I got the hang of it, and I saw the difference it made in my well-being. Today – we call this practice, “Self-Care.”
What exactly is Self-Care? Why do we need it? It will be different things for different people, but the purpose/goal is the same – bust the stress, decompress, rest, relax, recharge, rejuvenate, and achieve Clarity!
We all need to develop our own Self-Care Plan. Self-care isn’t the same for everyone. Your self-care plan will need to be customized to your individual needs. A self-care plan for a busy working mom will be different than the plan of a student headed off to college, or someone in the Healthcare profession.
I learned that it is important to begin with self-reflection and identifying your personal self-care needs. The areas in your life that are currently being neglected is the best place to start. Self-care encompasses our physical health, our mental health, our emotional health, our spiritual health, and our social health.
Here is a list of some of my most favorite Simple Self-Care Practices:
1. Create a purposeful habit. Choose something you would like to do daily and be intentional about it.
2. Be selfish. Do one thing every day just because it makes you happy.
3. Declutter. Get rid of things that no longer serve you.
4. Make sure you are your best friend. Look in the mirror and say kind words to your best friend. High 5 yourself!
5. Spoil yourself. Splurge a little and show yourself that you are valued by gifting something to yourself.
6. Go on a date. Not with someone else but alone. Go to the movies, to a museum, or visit nature. Do something alone for an hour.
7. Ask for help. Reach out to someone to help you when you need it.
8. Be intentional. It is important to be intentional about the things you usually do on autopilot. Put thought into how and why you do things.
9. Unplug. Free yourself from constant email notifications and social media for at least an hour a day.
10.Choose a weekly motto. Live by it!
So – to all you busy women out there, which is probably all of us! We cannot pour from an empty cup and health is wealth! This is a reminder to take time for yourself – and make it a priority!
I wish you much success on your own personal self-care journey, AND I also encourage you to consider attending National, so you, too, can encounter your own personal “wow” moment!
2021-2022 Pathfinder President