Do you take time for yourself?
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|Mon, 01-13-2014 - 9:57am|
It can be so hard, especially if you are working full time or get little help from your SO:
Experts say it’s no surprise that women forget – or even disregard – the need to take care of themselves.
Women often feel guilty about taking time for themselves, says psychiatrist and TODAY contributor Dr. Gail Saltz. “There is some maternal ideal of being self-sacrificing that just isn’t consistent with having time for yourself,” she said.
The key, says Saltz, is for women to recognize the difference between being selfish in a bad way and being selfish in a healthy way.
“You have to put on your oxygen mask first,” she says. “If you go to pieces, everyone is going down with you. So you have to give time to yourself. That is healthy, not selfish or narcissistic. That is a tough concept for a lot of women.”
Saltz acknowledges that free time is a scarcity for many women, but adds that even as little as 15 to 30 minutes a day to decompress will help.
I started going to the gym about 4 months ago, and it really helps to work out some of the cobwebs in my head and get my energy levels up. It's also a boost to my self esteem, just makes me feel better overall. It is a challenge to go regularly though, it seems that there are weeks that there are more pressing matters than taking time to keep myself healthy. My other way to decompress is to do head to my bed with the paper and do all the daily puzzles. It just relaxes me ;)
How are you at taking time for yourself?