Hey busy gal! Hey #GIRLBOSS who always has 5 things on the go – and she’s late for her 2nd meeting of the day! Hey gal who’s on her 3rd cup of coffee this morning! Hey gal who hasn’t started writing her 2 papers due next week! Yeah, I’m talking to you! Life can seem like a whirlwind of never-ending deadlines, commitments and obligations. The balancing act of life can be stressful, leaving little time for yourself. I’ve learned first hand the negative affects of stress when not taking the proper amount of time to pause, breathe and take some much needed ‘me time’. This post is a reminder to all you busy gals who more often than not forget to take time for yourselves. Your body is your most cherished prize – and you have a responsibility to take care of it! Here are a list of 3 important reminders for you.
#1 Love Your Body
Your body is your lifeline. Most of us take for granted the simple tasks of being able to walk or talk. There are many individuals who aren’t so fortunate. It is important to take the time to be grateful for what your body is capable of – however big or small. It is extremely important to make your health a priority to stay in good health. A balance of healthy eating and exercise will keep your body young and active. For those of us who can’t find time to run every day… all it takes is 30 minutes of cardio 3x a week to stay fit and healthy. Get creative and find something you enjoy! For example, my mom enjoys dancing to her favorite songs in her room non-stop for 30 minutes. Finally, make sure you schedule regular physicals with your doctor. These physicals are essential to reassuring your organs are functioning to the best of their ability. If you don’t have a family doctor – I highly encourage you to find one. Doctor visits can be scary (who isn’t afraid of receiving bad news) but they can save your life. Treat your body to the care it deserves!
#2 Love Your Mind
Reminder: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Your mind is the conductor of your body and has the final say on how you are living your life. Your mind has more power over you than you think – and it’s time you respect it! If I had one piece of advice to give to all you busy gals – find a therapist. What? You ‘don’t have any major problems’? You don’t need to have major problems to see a therapist! I believe everyone should have a therapist. A therapist is like a massage for your brain. I mean, you basically get to bitch for an hour to a licensed professional and they help you sort out all the stress and chaos in your life. Trust me, it’s liberating. And sometimes, you may not even know what is causing you undue stress until you start talking. It’s amazing what you learn about yourself when you just start verbalizing your thoughts. I was lucky to grow up in a household with a father who is a psychologist and always preached on the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, not every family stresses the importance of mental health. Ladies, mental health is a huge deal. Ignoring mental health is like ignoring a broken bone. It won’t mend on its own. It just needs a little help – and then it’s as good as new! Also, I am giving you permission to take a mental health day once in a while. If it all seems too much – work, school, life – take a mental health day. Lay in your bed all day and watch Netflix. Book a day at the spa. Garden. Take a mental health day and just be.
#3 Take Comfort In Your Support System
Who are the people around you who know you the best? Who you can count on to be there for you – even at your darkest hour. Let me tell you something. All you need is one. One person. Someone who has your best interests at heart, who loves and respects you. When you go through hard times (everyone goes through obstacles) allow yourself to find comfort in them. It’s okay to ask for help, for a suggestion, for a listening ear. We are created as social beings for a reason. Keep their number in your favorites list. Use them as a lifeline. And be theirs. Sometimes all you need is someone in your corner to get through tough times.
Dear Busy Gal:
I get it. We get busy. We simply don’t have time to wait in the doctor’s office for an hour or to drive 30 miles to get to our shrink. But hear this: make time. Make time for yourself. If you take away one thing from this read, it is to make yourself a priority. You only have one mind, one body. Treat is with the love and respect it deserves. Give yourself the time it deserves.