As September is Self-Care Awareness Month, we’re focusing on discussing self-care for women. Many women feel that so many people are dependent upon them: children, significant others, bosses, co-workers, etc. As natural caregivers, women tend to focus on taking care of others, and it is good for women to be reminded of the importance of self-care.
Whether you tend to be more introverted (quiet and shy) or extroverted (outgoing), we all need time to be alone. This does not necessarily mean you are creating an unhealthy habit of withdrawing from all human contact. Taking some time to be quiet and alone can be rejuvenating.
This week, challenge yourself to cultivate time to be alone. There are a plethora of activities you can do while partaking in quiet alone time.
- Take a bubble bath. Sit back in the warm water, close your eyes and draw deep breaths. Deep breathing allows the body to be calm and still.
- Take a walk. Whether you go to a nearby park or just down the street, simply focusing on the earth around you as you enjoy some light exercise can help calm your mind.
- Watch a movie. Living in an age when everyone’s brain is constantly being stimulated, each of us seem to crave some quiet. Put in a favorite movie, get in your pajamas, and just enjoy a classic without any other distractions so you can just sit and be still.
- Count your blessings. Reminding ourselves of all the things we have to be grateful for can take our focus off of the negative. In refocusing your thoughts on the things you are grateful for, your heart becomes lighter and you feel freer.
Being on your own can allow time for personal reflection and relaxation. Whatever your on-your-own-activity may be, it might be just the thing you need in order to be healthier for the world around you. Self-care is good care.