Dear readers: What obstacles do you face when offering yourself better care?

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This Women’s Health Month, we’ll be highlighting the journeys of five amazingly courageous women and their paths to self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-care. We want to empower and recognize their bravery and hope that their stories inspire you to make decisions that help you feel your best. 

Many of us might not find it easy or natural to take care of ourselves. We’re often too busy, too exhausted or too focused on others to look after our minds and bodies. However, when there’s more going on in our lives, that’s when we need our self-care practices the most. How do you make room for self-care?

Give yourself grace

Cathy opens up about the struggle of juggling motherhood and self-care, something many of us can relate to. How do we make time for ourselves without feeling the looming pressures of guilt? For Cathy, it’s about recognizing her own needs and redefining what it means to be a good caregiver. But first, she shares, we have to truly decide that we are deserving of great care.

As nurturers, we often put others before ourselves and after some time, our bodies begin to feel the weight of this neglect. Kim reminds us of the importance of setting boundaries and prioritizing our own needs. It’s about finding balance and making choices that nourish both ourselves and those we care for.

Pause for a moment

Jessie’s journey reassures us that it’s okay to hit pause and reassess. We wear so many hats—parent, partner, friend— it’s easy to lose sight of our own needs. In a world that demands so much from us emotionally, Jessie’s approach emphasizes the power of clarity, goal-setting and reasoning in navigating life’s obstacles.

Faye’s story reminds us that balance isn’t just a buzzword, it’s essential for our mental and emotional health. Taking time for self-reflection, spending moments with loved ones, and seeking support can make all the difference in overcoming life’s hurdles. She encourages us to listen to our needs and lean on our support systems.

Make time for you

How do we break the habit of being too busy for ourselves? Athina’s journey is not just about finding time, it’s about redefining our relationship with the time we give to ourselves. She reminds us that we get to decide what self-care looks like, and that in itself is empowering.

In a world that constantly demands our time and energy, how can we honour our own needs with kindness and compassion? Check out our full conversation with Athina, Kim, Cathy, Faye and Jessie as they share their stories.

Until next time,

CanPrev Women


If you’re looking for some guidance on putting your health first, here are some resources that may help you:

Simple self-care practices for a healthy mind, body & soul
Dear readers: Build a strong support system
Getting to the root of the problem

Can you relate to the stories of Athina, Kim, Cathy, Faye and Jessie? We’d love to hear from you – share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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