How many times have you thought or heard yourself saying “I can take care of myself, thank you very much!” when someone makes a suggestion that implies that maybe you cannot?
We live in a culture that celebrates independent, self-sufficient people. Women have been caught up in the Super Woman syndrome for decades and when they become mothers the ante goes up exponentially to do it and have it all under our own power and sure determination as Super Mom.
Well, what happens if we take that concept of “I am capable of taking care of myself” and turn it 180 degrees to make it work for us rather than against us? Because what really happens when we say or think that? We tend not to take care of ourselves at all but rather expend our energy trying to care for everyone else or do everything to prove we are capable and strong.
So, here is what I am suggesting. It’s simple…actually take care of yourself…first!
- Sleep more – at least 6-8 hours a night
- Eat healthy – cut out anything white or that you cannot pronounce. Add more protein, cut out the empty calories
- Laugh – let your guard down and stop taking yourself so seriously. Laughter is a calorie burner and an endorphin releaser.
- Exercise – 30 minutes a day is the optimum but you can do this in three 10 minute intervals. Go for a walk or dance to your favorite music.
- Purge the Toxins – and I don’t just mean all chemicals we ingest. Let go of all the negative thoughts and people who bring you down and drain your energy.
Start with those five steps and then you can say with energy and sass…”I CAN take care of myself, thank you very much!”
“Yes, you can!!!”