So often we neglect ourselves and blame it on not having enough time. How often have you heard your girlfriends say: 'I have no time to exercise, I have no time to do my hair, I have no time to get dressed up or I have no time to go out'. It is a common phrase that I hear all the time and a phrase that should be eradicated from our vocabularies because if you cannot make time for yourself who will?
I know it can be very stressful day to day dealing with work and family but we can and most importantly should always find time for ourselves in our busy schedules. This is essential; we only have one body and one life and we should celebrate, love, take time to get to know ourselves and to establish what it is we want from life.
It is important as women that we make time for leisure, our appearance, our health and most importantly all the things that keep us alive and rejuvenate our mind, body and soul. This can consist of a hobby, exercise or something that you generally love to do.
In order to achieve this, the first step is about planning; planning your week/s so that you have time for yourself. The second and most important step is about sticking to your plans by setting realistic goals. Plan one day in the month that is solely dedicated to leisure and pampering yourself.
-Go to the theatre with friends or to see a musical or even take a trip to your local art gallery. There is so much out there to do; enjoy life and take pleasure in spending time with you.
-Pamper yourself! Take advantage of this day by attending to your hair and nails; go for a massage or a facial. There are many products out there that allow you to attend to your hair, nails and skin in the comfort of your own home.
-With regards to your health, eat things that boost your energy, mood and make you feel good such as blueberries, carrots, greens, cranberries and grapefruit. Fruit is a great source!
-Most importantly exercise. Take a jog or brisk walk round your local park.
Time is essential for our soul; if we neglect ourselves we will burn-out and be of no use to ourselves or others. How you present yourself is how people judge you, it reflects how you feel and in some aspects how you treat others. There is only one you!