Self-care goals are important: Are you taking care of yourself?
We don’t mean just exercising and eating right – although those are truly important to your health and wellbeing.
We also mean self-care goals that too many busy mature adults shrug off as self-indulgent, selfish or just not as important as “caring” for others.
Things like managing stress, getting enough sleep, and participating in activities you enjoy.
For many over 50, you’ve spent a lifetime caring for others, like children and grandkids. The holidays trigger our tendencies to think and do for others sometimes at our own expense.
But with a little planning, we can make sure we fulfill all our family and social duties while also taking care of ourselves.
No. 1: Get outside
Especially this year during the pandemic and spending more time inside, we need to make an effort to get out of the house sometimes. So do it – make that effort!
Go for a hike. Give the dog a longer walk. Take up walking, jogging and biking on local trails.
Nothing feels as good as sunshine and fresh air!
No. 2: Do something you enjoy – just because you enjoy it
Now, we’re not talking a binge of old “Bachelorette” seasons. We mean that it’s important to have hobbies and interests outside of our care-giving role.
For instance, play music, read books, meditate, or go to the gym.
No. 3: Plan your holiday activities
It’s so easy to be overwhelmed sometime around Thanksgiving.
So, this year, schedule an hour or so in early November to sit down with a calendar. Add all the family and social commitments, shopping dates and deadlines – and the days you will exercise, what you will do on them, and any special plans you need to ensure follow-through.
No. 4: It’s OK to say ‘No’ to Reach Self-Care Goals
You don’t have to do everything someone asks or expects. You can even change your mind.
No. 5: Yep – Eat right and exercise
Plan it out on your calendar. Let anyone know who might be affected. Seek support and accountability from friends, workout partners, a trainer or us.
You’ll thank yourself every day.