More and more women are starting to get familiar with the idea of self-care—taking care of yourself to ensure that you’re okay physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s usually targeted to women because we ladies tend to be loaded with the stress of caring for children, husbands, elderly relatives and work demands while not having much left over for ourselves. This can lead to avoidable health and wellness problems, and is a major contributor to depression in women.
Health and Wellness
Women have so many responsibilities, from caring for family members to taking care of business at work. It can be difficult to find time for some much needed pampering, but self care is extremely important. The University of Kentucky defines self-care as any purposeful actions that you take to care for your “physical, mental and emotional health.” Here are some self care ideas and tips for women.
1- Make a foot bath with Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar. Fill a foot bath or tub with very warm water. Then add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to water. Then add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. The salt has healing properties, such as soothing tired feet, relieving aches and pains. The vinegar will help soften calluses and assist in removing excess skin from your feet. Make sure to soak your feet for at least 20-30 minutes. It helps tremendously if you have a pumice stone to remove excess skin. Just gently use stone in a circular pattern on feet and don’t forget to do your heels. When you are done the last step is to moisturize your feet with lotion. Your feet will thank you and you will feel rejuvenated. Do this at least once a week to renew your tired feet.
Depending on where you live, it can really get oppressively hot during the summer months. When the heat becomes dangerous, weather authorities will issue a heat advisory for the public. Here are a few tips for how to stay cool during a heat advisory:
Tip #1. If you don’t put an AC on at any other point during the summer to save energy, put it on during a heat advisory. If you don’t have access to the lovely comfort of central air or an AC unit in the window, travel to your local library, coffee shop or a big box store and spend the hottest hours of the day relaxing there. Also, it is often cooler sitting outside under a large shaded tree than in your enclosed home. Get a comfy chair and have a seat there with a small battery operated fan and a spray bottle filled with cold ice water to spray on your skin (don’t forget your sunscreen and bug deterrent).
It’s too late. The mosquito got ‘cha and you’re already noticing swelling and redness in the area. What to do?
One way to quickly soothe a recent mosquito bite is to wash the area with oatmeal soap. Just lather up, wash it just like you would wash your hands, leave it on for about 3 minutes, rinse and dry. The oatmeal helps to reduce swelling and itching.
The best solution is prevention. Be sure to spray yourself with a good mosquito repellent before you go outside with bare arms and legs.
Depression is a very serious issue that can negatively affect a person’s life in a number of ways. It can have negative effects on both the mind and body. You may feel tired, sad, lacking energy and sometimes like life doesn’t have much meaning. If you’re having a chronic problem with how to manage your depression, of course the first course of action is to seek the help of a professional because in some cases it can be the result of a chemical imbalance, hormonal issues or even heredity.
Power naps (quick naps during the daytime) are magical. Experts say that short naps during the day can give you a boost of energy and more memory power. They also help you to make better decisions throughout the day. The “power” in a power nap is that you get just enough rest to re-energize yourself for the rest of your day, yet you get that energy in a minimal amount of time that doesn’t disrupt your day. A good daytime nap is also better for you than drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee. Here are a few quick tips for how to take a power nap.