Lessons in Taking Care of Ourselves
I don’t know about you but every time we pick up a newspaper there’s an article telling us what we should and should not eat – less carbs, less sugar, cut back on dairy or adding kale (the new wonder food!) to smoothies – where do we start?
Us busy working women today know that we must eat right but sometimes the demands of today’s busy lifestyles don’t make it easy.
The Women Who Went Before Us
I always think about our mothers, grandmothers and foremothers and how they were able to work so hard, while taking care of themselves too.
But it’s hard to compare our lives of meetings, emails and eating lunch ‘on the go’, compared to their lives of working in tough conditions and sometimes relying on food they could only pick from a tree and not a supermarket shelf. So, what can we learn from them?
Tips for Better Health and Wellbeing
To take care of ourselves in the best way possible, I believe we should look at some of the ‘things’ they did to look after their health and general wellbeing:
- Eating natural foods – they couldn’t afford expensive restaurants and they never heard of quinoa but eating foods ripened by the sun helped them to nourish their bodies. Sweet potatoes, green vegetables, beans and pulses are all full of nutrients to support healthy living.
- Rest – listening to their bodies and knowing when to stop helped them to keep strong. Sometimes we have to ask, do we really need to answer another email? What can’t be fixed today – can we fix it tomorrow? For our foremothers, without the luxury of the technology and sometimes endless power cuts, meant that they had a different attitude to how they used the hours in their days.
- Get the basics right – I often think that they (mothers, grandmothers etc.) didn’t have a lot of the comforts we enjoy today but they knew that the basics – eating right, resting and limiting stress were the best ways to take care of their mental, physical and emotional health.
Although the tough conditions they lived in can never be compared to how we live today, I believe these are some valuable lessons for how us busy women live now and in the future and to help us nurture our bodies and health.
Esther is the Creator & Editor-in Chief of Afrowoman Online.com – The Blog for Elevating & Empowering Professional Black Women Online. You can also catch-up with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.