“The most important thing in my life is – ME!”
Sadly, although this is the truth, yet most women in India fail to acknowledge & subsequently embrace this truth. We are encumbered by societal viewpoints and bogged down by family constraints. As a result, we lose track of elevating our own self or putting ourselves first. We understand others but not our own needs. We are so entangled in the web of the life that we weave around us that we lose track of keeping some space aside for ourselves – space to rejuvenate, recreate and rejoice in life.
A woman is the crux if the family. She is that focal point around whom the entire family hinges. She is the one constant in a constantly changing family dynamic. Endowed with the burden of managing so many vital relationships in her life, a woman is the strength from which her family derives stability & comfort. She assay’s many roles in her daily life & not all professional.
She is a nurturer & a care giver and yet it is she who herself forgets to take care of herself. In attempting to be the primary care giver of her family, she often forgets that she needs to care for her own self too as she is part of that very same family. She is the core and we all know, the periphery always derives its energy from the core.
So, to all the women out there, these are I-Cube’s top mantras for elevating the ‘ME’ in ‘YOU’.
- Love yourself – love yourself and not just your family. Learn to enjoy your own company & take time out for yourself. Once a day, do something just for yourself which makes you feel happy. Rejoice in the simple things that can bring pleasure. Enjoy yourself!
- Relax yourself – Take time-out’s when you are stressed. Don’t be a perfectionist. It’s ok to be sloppy & cluttered at times. Being functional is what is important. Find that metric that allows you to function with the least possible stress. Relax!
- Nourish yourself – just like you nourish your family with love, nourish yourself too. Nourish your mind & body with the things that are important to you. Pursue hobbies/interests & engage with others. Don’t forego a healthy meal just because you are rushed for time. Eat healthy to stay healthy!
- Respect yourself – respect the constraints of your age & body. Know your limits & find ways to synergistically incorporate them into your daily routine. Let your family know what they can & what they cannot expect. Don’t tax yourself out! You are not unbreakable.
- Reach out yourself – ask for help when needed. Don’t try and do everything yourself. Your family cannot know that you need help, unless you tell them. Allocate work & chores and hold others accountable for their bit. Communicate!
- Refuel yourself – extroverts & introverts have different ways of refueling. Identify what recharges your batteries and take time out to do that for yourself. It’s ok to think about yourself too!