How To Take Care of Yourself

This post is for all young women/mothers out there who take care of everyone and everything except themselves. Here are suggestions that you can use to treat and take care of yourself. 

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Hi guys

As Salma Hayek said in her latest interview with Net-A-Porter “Women work harder than men and demand more of themselves, yet they have the sensation they don’t do enough”  (The Edit August2017, Net-A-Porter )*. It’s true we live a busy lifestyle nowadays. We want to do it all and take care of everyone which is admirable, yet from time to time and through all the chaos, we forget about and end up neglecting ourselves.There are many of us who think living a normal life, having a routine job and lifestyle is in opposition of taking care of ourselves as an individual in many ways. Or in order to do so we need lot’s of money and free time. This post is for all young women/mothers out there who take care of everyone and everything except themselves. Here are suggestions that you can use to treat and take care of yourself.

1-Wake up 15 minutes earlier

I know you don’t want to hear this but it’s inevitable. This is the first and most important step. You need some alone-time in your daily schedule ,even as little as 15 minutes, that you won’t do anything for anyone else but you. This is your time, use it the way you want just make sure that you are alone and there is no distraction. Choose your favorite spot around the house and read your favorite novel. Go for a quick walk. Do whatever you like, just make sure you’re doing it for yourself. I love to do some meditation or have a cup of tea on the balcony when the weather is fine. It will do wonders for your physical and mental health.

2-Take care of your body

Your body is the only one you get. You can replace almost everything in your life except your health. Take care of your body. Once in a while check your diet and make some changes to keep yourself at the top of your game. I think it’s a good idea to ask help from a professional. The same rule applies to your workout and exercise routine. Your body will adopt itself, so to get better results change is unavoidable. If you don’t have time or money to go to the gym there are lots of free at-home workout apps that you can use. Remember “A strong body makes the mind strong.” **

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3-Take advantage of dead-times

We spent lots of time between places, whether it’s driving or using public transportation. These hours being waisted by listening to radio, music or day dreaming. Use this time wisely. Audio books and audio courses are two of the best options. They will let you choose exactly what you’re feeding your mind. My personal app is Audible (read about it here). Make a conscious decision on how you’re spending your time since it determines who you really are.

4-Get a Treatment

Once a month treat yourself with something special. Whether it’s a simple hair cut, foot massage or just having a cup of coffee at your favorite coffeeshop. Do it as a gesture of gratitude toward yourself for all the work you’ve done during that month. It doesn’t need to be something extraordinary just a symbol of recognition. Since I love stationery accessories and cute notebooks, that’s what I buy for myself from time to time. It may sound weird but it makes me feel good. Find small things that can lift your spirit and enjoy them.

5-Pay attention to your love life

I think love is source of happiness. Although this love can be love you’re feeling for your child or parents or even life in general, being cherished physically and spiritually is what we all need. Knowing that someone cares for you, listens to you and stands by you during this journey of life is as necessary as physical contact with another human being. It is crucial to stay connected with your partner. Don’t let all those worries and tiredness get between you two. Take this matter seriously and remember that it is a two-way street, you give and take.

These are results of my personal experience as a thirty-something years old woman. Hopefully it will give you some ideas and will help you be more kind and caring toward yourself.

Kisses

Nastaran

*Link to the interview

**Quote by Thomas Jefferson.

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Winter Depression

 

 

Hi guys

Today I want to talk about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially winter depression. SAD is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. It begins and ends at about the same time every year. According to statistics many people around the world suffer from this disorder.

Winter Depression starts around end of the fall and continues into the winter months. Some of the symptoms are:

 

-Tiredness or low energy

-Problems getting along with other people

-Hypersensitivity to rejection

-Oversleeping

-Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates

-weight gain

-irritability

The symptoms may vary from one person to another.

The question is what can we do to keep the mood steady throughout the year. Here are some suggestions:

-Use fresh air

Take a walk for 10-15 minutes everyday. I mean take a walk outside ( not on a treadmill,…) and breath the fresh air. If you don’t have time for that, or it’s not a possibility for any reason, open a window first thing in the morning and let the fresh air in. It’s not as effective as the first option but it will help.

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– Wear bright colors

If you’re keen on bright colored clothes, that’s great. Since I’m not I usually paint my nails in red or wear a bright lipstick. It cheers me up every time I look at my hands or look in the mirror.

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-Have fresh flowers on your desk

You don’t have to buy an expensive bouquet, just a few twigs of fresh flowers would do the job. They are the best accessory for your desk and will brighten up your work space.

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-Use scents

Weather it’s essential oil, perfume, body cream or candle find a scent that reminds you of a happy place or memory or makes you feel good. Then have it around all day. Don’t underestimate the power of scents and their effects on your mind and mood.

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-Exercise daily

It’s important for your mental health as much as your physical, so do it no matter what. If you don’t have much time, do it at least for 30 minutes. As long as you keep your heartbeat high for a while and start sweating a little it will be helpful.

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-Eat the right foods

Stay away from saturated fat, artificial sugar and eat lots of: Flax seeds, walnuts, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Leafy green, Oatmeal, Sunflower seeds, Oranges, Lentils, Black-eyed peas, Dark chocolate, Bananas.

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Please remember that I’m not an expert and these are things that I find helpful and it only works for seasonal depression. If you have a major depression you have to get professional help. Don’t brush it off it will only get worse. We need to accept that depression is a real disease which takes medicine and professional help to get over. If you have any tips please leave them in comments.

 

Kisses

Nastaran