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6 Self Care Hacks Every Woman Should Know

 Are you one of the many women who feel guilty when you take time to care for yourself? Please don’t. Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s essential to preserve your physical and mental well-being so that you can give your best to every other aspect of your life, from career to relationships.




 

However, you might feel uncomfortable prioritizing yourself. The following tips can help. Here are six self-care hacks every woman should know.

1. How to Prioritize Your Physical Needs

 

Working from home during the pandemic finally freed up the exercise time you needed to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. However, the boss now insists you return to the office, which means returning to your 2-hour commute. Is there anything you can do other than tender your resignation?

 

There might be, and the great resignation means you have a better chance of getting your employer to agree to a full or partial telecommuting schedule than ever. If your current situation doesn’t allow you to get enough sleep, tend to your nutritional needs and get regular exercise, you’re only hurting yourself — and your productivity. You need each to perform at your best.

 

Emphasize the benefits to your employer as you make your pitch. It looks even better if you can back up your productivity claims with evidence that you get the job done regardless of your location.

2. How to DIY Great Haircare

 

With prices of everything rising, you might need to cut back on things like pricey trips to the salon. Does that mean you have to settle for lackluster locks? Not if you DIY.

 

If you have oily hair, a flat can of beer works wonders. This remedy is particularly effective if you also have dandruff. Your flakes result from a type of yeast. Beer replaces the unhealthy colonies with beneficial ones, letting you wear black without a light dusting of snow landing on your shoulders.

 

If you have dry, curly hair, you need to lock in moisture. Avocado and olive oil penetrates deep into each shaft, restoring shine and enhancing softness. Let a tablespoon of each rest on your clean tresses for three to five minutes before rinsing.

3. How to Mix Up Skin Care Potions

 

Likewise, skincare can cost a pretty penny. A professional dermatologist might charge $75 an hour or more for a consultation. Then you have to pay for the recommended treatments and potions.

 

However, you can also DIY face creams in a pinch. Argan oil is fabulous for combination skin. It imparts moisture without clogging pores and causing acne breakouts. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties to banish blemishes further.

 

If you have very dry skin, you might do best with a heavier occlusive, like beeswax or mineral oil. These substances form a protective barrier on your skin to prevent moisture loss.

4. How to Soothe Uncomfortable Feelings

 

Wouldn’t it be glorious if everyone was born into an emotionally healthy family? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and far too many women reach adulthood without knowing the self-soothing techniques they should. As a result, they might engage in maladaptive behaviors that only worsen their troubles.

 

Learning to sit with uncomfortable feelings is a self-care hack every woman should know. Remember, experiencing your emotions alone won’t hurt you, but repressing them will. Overwhelming sensations cue you in that something is wrong. Learn to meditate quietly, listening to the messages your body is sending you.

 

Then, use your higher brain to comfort your tantruming inner child. Understand that temporary “fixes” like taking a drink may cause more harm than good, clouding your judgment and deepening anxiety when the buzz wears off. Instead, choose a healthy way to cope, like going for a hike, watching a favorite comedy to boost your mood or phoning someone you trust to vent.

5. How to Find Your Joy

 

Far too many people live their lives on autopilot. Yes, you accomplish your to-do list each day, but when was the last time you could say you felt happy?

 

If you’re a victim of grind-and-hustle culture, you might have lost touch with what you love to do in your frantic struggle to get ahead — or merely stay afloat. Why not pick up an old hobby you enjoyed as a child? If you once loved to dance, sign up for lessons or drop into a Zumba class at the gym. If you loved collecting seashells, book a weekend getaway to the shore.

6. How to Say No

 

Many women struggle to squeeze in self-care because they’re always busy tending to other people’s needs. However, there’s a limit to what one person can do. Learning to say no has enormous benefits for your mental health.

 

It might help you to divide your “nos” into three categories:

       No, I prefer not to: This refusal is the most gentle. You might employ it when your partner suggests Chinese takeout, but you’re craving pizza.

       No, but yes, if it’s an emergency: This refusal is firmer, but it leaves a little wiggle room. For example, you might not loan your friend $100 for a new purse but make an exception if they can’t afford to feed their kids.

       No under any circumstances: The firmest way to decline. For example, you might compromise with your spouse on a home 30 minutes away but draw the line at a property that would leave you commuting over an hour each way.

 

Whichever “no” you choose, communicate your intentions to the other party. Relationships go more smoothly when everyone knows where they stand.

Self-Care Hacks Every Woman Should Know

 

Many women consider self-care selfish. However, the converse is true. You can’t pour from an empty pitcher, and you must tend to yourself if you hope to give your best to others.

 

However, it’s challenging to squeeze your needs into a tight schedule. Arm yourself with these self-care hacks every woman should know. 

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  1. These are great ways for me to take care of me. I need to learn to say no mmore often.

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  2. I think these are great hacks to know as well. I need to learn more about DIY haircuts though. I'm not really good at that.

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  3. I enjoyed reading your self care hacks. Sometimes as women we forget to put ourselves first. We put everyone else first and by the time it is our turn we are too tired. I did enjoy reading your post.

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  4. Richelle Milar10:34 AM

    This is such a really informative post! I’m surely gonna keep these in mind!

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  5. I have learned to say 'no' over the past two years and it has made such a difference. I'm valuing myself and my services more and as a result, I have more joy in my life.

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  6. I agree about saying no. A lot of us don't do this although we should so we can squeeze in some self care into out busy lives.

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  7. I need to start to say NO. It's a beginning for sure, but I need a lot of work to do.

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  8. Self-care is very important. Chatting with a friend or singing to the top of my lungs always help soothe my uncomfortable feelings. -LYNNDEE

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  9. Saying no can be easy. It can also be hard. I have had a few instances in the last couple of years where loved ones wanted more than I could say yes too, and it hurt to say no, but I knew it was the right thing to do. tough stuff that...

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