This week is Women’s Health Week and I thought this is a good time to remind all women out there the importance of making good health a priority. And it is not just maintaining physically fit, but keeping good mental health is as important too.

I learnt this the hard way during my recovery from the domestic violence incident, when I realised that for the first time in my life, I actually had to put myself first over the love of my beautiful children.

I did not have a choice, I was forced to prioritise my health because I needed to get better in order to be able to look after the people I love and treat them the way they deserve to be treated. As a mother, it was tough for me to not be able to look after my children. It breaks my heart further to think about what they had been through.

But I thought I had to get better for my kids,  I needed to put myself first, and for the first time in my life I did. Prior to that, I was like an apprentice in my own body, and now, through the journey I’ve been, I actually learnt to love and respect myself, not in a snobbish way or anything. I’ve got so much time for my body and my own self-esteem and self-care now and I just want to get out there and help that next person.

Here’s where I would like to encourage you to do the same, to put yourself first so that you can become better at looking after the ones you love and care about. Go for a jog, get to 10,000 steps, practice meditation, or yoga, eat better, and don’t just do it for this week but make this a routine.

I’ll be first to admit it can be difficult and there will be hurdles to get over. One of which, and everyone has this problem, is the lack of time. That is a very common excuse and for me to get around this, I would constantly remind myself that my children need me to be healthy physically and emotionally. I encourage you to do the same, to find motivation from thinking about the people you love.

If we can step up, put ourselves and our health a priority, you will realise that healing internally heals externally. By treating yourself inside, you will bring out the goodness on the outside. You will feel amazing for that I promise.

Finally my three things, to finish it off, is remember, stay positive, never give up, and keep smiling. At least do those three things this week if you are unable to find time to do anything else, and let’s all get together to heal.