March 8th marks the celebration of the International Women’s Day or United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. We join the world as we give credit to all women across race, age, culture, or religion in all their achievements in various levels in history with the purpose of advancing women’s rights for gender equality and a better way of life.
Our team in Green BOX are predominantly women and I have witnessed how they demonstrated their unwavering dedication to the business in terms of time and effort, their ardent sense of compassion to those in need, and their firm resolve for truth and justice.
All of these attributes they were not born with but were learned through time and experience. These life lessons did not come in easy, some were painful and highly stressful. And this is why as we celebrate our being “women leaders”, this also calls for the need to take care of ourselves.
For some busy people, it is almost natural to deprioritize the need to listen to their core and address what it requires. And when this happens, the outcome almost always is not positive. Our team would like to share with all our readers, women and men alike — the need for self-care because we believe that everything starts with the self and that there is only one “self” that we need to attend and nourish.
We have collated a few self-care tips we chose (among so many!) to engage ourselves into and hopefully inspire our readers to do the same. These tips will come out here in our blog in a three part series. Here’s the first part we have put together for you.
1. Indulge in a body massage or spa treatment. Women do a lot of physical activities starting from household chores to running errands, taking care of children, managing their career and a whole lot more! Physical activities as such can zap women’s energy and strength leaving a sore body and a tired mind. Relaxing our tense muscles is important to recharge he body so as to achieve a sound thinking. For the more adventurous there is also Acupuncture (have not tried this but a fellow business partner tried and affirmed its positive effect).
If budget is a constraint, seek a family member or a friend who can offer a free back or foot massage (doing so can be time spent for bonding!) A once a month basic massage can be a good start! If you are capable of spending more, then a weekly schedule is more than enough.
2. Break away (temporarily) and head to your personal sanctuary. Women in general are busy people. Thus they need a time out from all their endless activities to spend time for themselves. Can you picture your own sacred place? It has to be special (for you) because this is where you would be spending your “Me Time”. Your choice of sanctuary could be any place you heart connects to. It could be your favorite go to place, a local church, a cozy coffee place or your very own room can fit the definition. What is important is that the place allows you to have some quiet time for self-reflection and for undisturbed centering activities.
You will dictate how often you need a personal “time out”. Some people allot a minimum of 30 minutes a day, a few hours once or twice in a week or others use their personal vacation time four times in a year. Again, it depends on your calendar and finances (if your sanctuary is outside your home), the challenge here is you need to make it happen!
3. Be present in the moment. Worrying robs us of the joy the present moment offers. I know this maybe easier said than done but it can be done believe me! Given the many roles that most women carry, they often think about what to do in the next few hours, days, or even weeks and this can make them highly anxious. There is nothing wrong with planning don’t get me wrong, but if you over think the things that can happen or may not happen that you lose sight of the gift of what the present moment brings.
Let me ask you, when was the last time you savored the taste of your morning coffee or tea at home? How about the last time you enjoyed your meal? Or were you always caught in a rush that instead of enjoying your drink you were busy thinking of your tasks in the next hour, day or week? Doing this robs you of the gift of the “here and now”.
Have a mental note and check yourself whether you are living in the present or perhaps you are already in the future. Be in the present. Feel the moment as it happens. Enjoy the feeling as it unfolds now.
We hope you like our first of three blog series as we celebrate International Women’s Month! Stay tuned for the rest next time. Until then, include Self-Care in your To-Do list. You can try these tips we shared or feel free to create your own list. We’d be happy to listen to your Self-Care stories! To all women, live long and enjoy the rest of March!