Being true to one’s self in an extension of one’s well-being. When it comes to overall women’s health, it is especially true that staying true to who you are the best thing you can do for yourself. There are many facets to this ideal. But women, be true to yourself…
- Learn to take time out for yourself; spend time alone.
- Don’t compare yourself to other women.
- Find exercise routines that you enjoy.
- Find self-care remedies that feed your soul.
- Find a meal plan that works for you, your goals.
- Be true to yourself (well duh, that’s what we’re talking about!
- Find the things that make you feel rejuvenated, that fill you with joy.
- Take special care of yourself when you’re pregnant.
We all know that as women we don’t need to compete with other women; support them just as they are. They are our comrades in gender, as it were.
Women need to pay and give attention to annual medical checkups, physicals, blood work, and just make sure we are getting what the female body needs. Our bodies do amazing things each month year after year, and we just need to make sure we are treating them the best we can by using best self-talk, best surroundings, best nutrition and fitness, best rest and best restoring.
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Though there are many avenues to focus on for women’s health, I strongly believe a fitness routine and nutritional plan are two of the most powerful starts to caring for oneself.
Women also tend to take on a lot of the responsibility of caring for our family; our children, our parents and others close to us. As caregivers though, we can forget to take care of ourselves. This play a big part in being true to yourselves.
Our worries are outward versus realizing that caring for ourselves isn’t selfish, it is a good practice. On an airplane, why do you think they tell you to put your mask on first then assist someone else when in an emergency situation on an airplane? Because if you don’t, you may not be able to care of that other person.
What should you be doing in self-care? And how is this connected to being true to yourself?
It really depends on you. Self-care can be as easy as going to get your nails done and relaxing for that hour or longer if you have a mani-pedi!
If you are someone who enjoys a good massage, get one — half hour, hour or 90 minutes. Just relax. After a massage, you are handed a bottle of water, drink it and more! Water keeps headaches away, which can come from dehydration (and it doesn’t take much to be low on water).
Most of us don’t have a high enough intake to be in a surplus of water for what our bodies need. I know some of you will be afraid to drink too much in case of incontinence. Once your body is fully nourished with water, you won’t feel the need to go to the bathroom all the time, but getting there can be a little challenging.
Sit down — some may dread reading these words — and read a good book.
Get up and walk, run, ride a bike, go for a hike. Move your body! It is important to move; it helps you stay more mobile as you mature. In the beginning it doesn’t matter how much or how fast, just do it.
Start where you are and move toward a larger goal. The important thing is just doing some.
Eat to benefit you and supply your body with fuel. We all know that eating unnatural sweets or drinking sodas or other beverages with no nutritional value are just empty calories. Perhaps indulge at celebrations (even then, why?), but fuel your body with good healthy nutrition the majority of the time.
You will feel better, sleep better and look healthier. And that’s a good beginning to becoming true to yourself.