Did you know that August is National Wellness Month? It sure is! Let’s be honest, women aren’t always the best at taking care of themselves very well. We prioritize everyone and everything over ourselves. And widows? Well, I’d easily place a bet that we take care of ourselves even worse than we did before the death of our spouse.
Wellness month came about because the reality is that we need to take care of ourselves if we are going to do big things in the world. Heck, I think we need to take care of ourselves if we are going to do small things in our world! Don’t you agree?
If you do a little research, you will find that there are different areas of wellness. How many there are is debatable, but for the sake of this post, I am going to say that there are seven. These areas are spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, intellectual, environmental, and social.
Now, you may be rocking it in some of the areas and struggling in others. If I’m honest with myself, I am not rocking it in any one area, but I am doing much better in some than others. That is okay! When it comes to wellness, you don’t want to get overwhelmed. That goes against the whole point of wellness, and when that happens to me, I shut down and rarely make any progress.
Instead, you want to pick one or two areas and try to find ways to increase your wellness. Once you feel like you have gotten better at the things you picked, continue to increase your wellness in those areas or choose a new area to work on. The idea is to just continue to make progress towards taking care of yourself because you are worth it!
Did you read that last sentence? Read it again. You are worth it! Truly, you are! You are amazing, strong, and brave! There are people in this world that care about you, and you need to take care of yourself. You need to remember that in order to take care of everyone and everything as well as you want you also need to take care of yourself. It’s not selfish to do so!
Want a few ideas of things you all can do? Oh girls, I’ve got some! Here are a few:
*read a book *take a long, hot, relaxing bath *watch a Ted Talk *spend time with a friend *send a letter to a loved one
*eat more fruits and veggies *spend time outside *host a game night *Write down 5 things you like about yourself
*Find an area in your spending that you can cut and put that money in savings *meditate
*share with family and friends what you are grateful for *Spend time doing your hobby *Find a new hobby
*get a massage *go see a counselor *sit around a campfire *exercise
There are literally hundreds of things you could do. Remember that whatever you choose to do doesn’t have to break the financial bank, but it does need to fill your wellness bank. I would love to hear from you all. What are some ways that you practice self-care and promote wellness in your life, or what is something that you want to do? The mom in me so badly wants to say, “Sharing is caring!” right now. But seriously, it is great for us women to share ideas with each other and encourage each other to take care of ourselves. Sometimes we need others to remind us that we are worth it!