Make Self-Care a Priority
According to Kristi Stuckwisch, counselor and instructor at Arizona State University (MSW LCSW LISAC AVP), your 30s are a time when women tend to get so busy that they put everyone's needs before their own and when routines get stale. It's important to address all of this before it impacts your health. "For many women, there are multiple roles that are played, so it's easy to lose healthy habits and push aside personal needs for the sake of others. Incorporating creativity or 'play' into routines is vital for keeping brains stimulated and moods balanced."
Taking time for mental care also affects your physical health, she explains: "Stress to the body caused by emotional problems or traumatic experiences causes the nervous system to take action, numerous hormones to be released, the "fight or flight" response to ignite, and various other biological symptoms to kick into high gear. We do know there's a higher likelihood that these physical health issues may surface in someone whose body is exposed to chronic stress."