Whether it’s due to certain social expectations or our individual natures, but it would seem that a lot of women are in the habit of putting everyone else before them. We’ll work hard and sacrifice ourselves for our families, without ever stopping to think about our own well-being. And so, our health degrades, we become tired and irritable, and problems go unsolved.

Have you been neglecting yourself lately? Well, we’re here to give you a few reminders of how awesome you are, and tell you what kind of things you can do to make sure you’re happy and healthy because every working woman deserves that.

Practice positivity

I’m too fat! I’m too skinny! My pores are huge! My wrinkles are awful! My lips are too thin! Ugh, who told you all this? An airbrushed magazine whose sole purpose is to sell you a miracle cream? Don’t fall for it. You’re pretty great. Unrealistic beauty standards harm everyone, so instead of chasing some insane, unattainable image, remember that you’re the bomb.

Honestly, you’re so amazing and breathtaking and you should practice kindness and positivity towards yourself. Take, for example, Australian ladies – we all envy their sun-kissed beauty, and we don’t even know that the essence of that allure is found in something very simple: their bright smiles. So, when you’re feeling insecure and sad, just give a big smile and, to borrow from The Handmaid’s Tale, don’t let the bastards grind you down

Read more books

Reading books is probably one of the healthiest habits for any person who cares about their mental health. Not only that, but books have the tendency to broaden our horizons, and they’re a great comfort when we’re upset or feeling hopeless.

You know what you should do? Grab yourself a cheesy romance novel, snuggle up under the covers and just indulge your fantasies with a sexy hero who sweeps you off your feet. Doctors, soldiers, detectives – whatever floats your boat, have fun and fantasize. 

Have regular check-ups

Every woman needs to visit her doctors regularly if she wants to stay healthy. Seeing your OB/GYN should be done every six months, and if you’re in your forties, you might want to do a mammogram once a year as well. Turn to Australia again, where eye health is very important, and most women go to opticians in Sydney for regular eye tests to ensure their vision stays sharp. According to Aussies, 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, so there’s really no reason not to schedule regular checkups. If you’re experiencing fatigue that you can’t explain it’s not a bad idea to see an endocrinologist as well.

Exercise regularly

And you don’t even have to go to the gym! If you hate exercising, it only means you haven’t found the right kind of workout. Yoga is pretty great if you want something that’s meditative, or you can go for dancing classes if you always wanted to learn how to move. Just imagine yourself dancing Tango in a hot red dress to get inspired. The gym is not the only option, you can try martial arts, sport climbing, or just get a stationary bike and do your workout as you watch your favourite show on TV. It’s time to start your own fitness journey and get out of a sedentary life.

Eat for health

Don’t eat to slim down, eat to stay healthy. Starving yourself, ironically, only tends to make you gain even more weight, so eat a healthy diet of home-cooked meals and pay attention to nutrition. If your goal is to shed pounds, it’s not a bad idea to talk to a nutritionist who can help you out by creating health meal plans

Use sunscreen more often

It’s time to stop finding excuses not to put on sunscreen. We need it even on gloomy days, and we need to find ways to reapply it often. Mineral foundation with SPF means easy touch ups on the go, or you could find a misting spray with SPF that will refresh your makeup and provide sun protection.

Have spa days occasionally

Spa days are excellent for many things. They give us a way to let go of stress, process our emotions, and they also provide us with the opportunity to pamper our skin and our hair and make sure it stays velvety soft and healthy. Organize a spa day at home by playing some relaxing music as you soak in the tub full of bath salts and essential oils, a nourishing mask on your face, and a smile on your lips as you enjoy the well-earned free time.

Love yourself, gorgeous. You’re one of a kind and taking care of yourself should be your first instinct. Don’t put your health on hold and always make sure you have enough time to do the things you enjoy doing.

                                     This is a guest post by Amy Mia  (Facebook Twitter)