What I have been noticing is that many women are ignoring their stress level while taking care of everyone else's needs. They are rushing here and rushing there not allowing time to take care of themselves. Often what happens is they burnout from chronic stress - pain increases, fatigue increases, anxiety increases, as their health and quality of life decreases. Does this sound like you?
Let me remind you - You only get one body, one life. If you don't take action now, to slow down and start taking care of yourself, you are putting yourself at high risk for chronic health problems. I encourage you to put yourself on a path of wellness, starting right now.
You Don't Have the Time?
One way to find time is to reassess what you are doing every day, eliminate the time wasters and start scheduling 'me time' into your week. Make 'me time' as important as your board meetings, doctor visits and family responsibilities. 'Me time' activities could include receiving craniosacral therapy, Reiki or a holistic wellness session. These type of treatment sessions can help calm your nervous system reducing production of cortisol, the 'stress hormone', in your body (elevated cortisol levels interfere with memory, lower immune function, lead to adrenal fatigue, heart disease...the list goes on and on).
Other 'me time' activities could be walking in nature, meditating, reading a thought provoking book, spontaneity, and my favorite 'me time' activity...taking a nap! :)
You Don't Have the Money for Your Wellness?
There is money to be found if you get creative. Below are some things that I did to help me find money to fund my wellness plan, perhaps the ideas may help you:
Every time you want to go out for dinner, but don't, put the money you would have spent in your wellness bank. Every time you want to buy another pair of shoes, but don't, put the money in your wellness bank. Eliminate cable channels you rarely watch ($5 a month for Cinemax channel = $60 savings a year!). Have a rummage sale (also clears the clutter from your life). Brew your own tea or coffee rather than buying at Starbucks. Cash-in your change jar. Talk to family about contributing to your wellness cost (I called it Jean's Wellness Fund, I said it as a joke, but you'd be surprise how many wanted to contribute).
I encourage you to make your wellness a priority before things get worse. You are important. Give yourself permission!
Start right now.
What are your ideas for finding time and money for your wellness plans? Please share!
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