As women, we often stretch ourselves thin when it comes to matters of the home and family. Most of us are taught from a young age that cleaning, cooking and taking care of the home are the most important roles that we have as mothers and caregivers. Many of us handle these household functions, alongside demanding careers and the belief that we have to be beautiful at all times. Although there’s not necessarily a problem with this, it is critical for women to understand that there is nothing wrong with putting themselves in the forefront and focusing on their own lives. In fact, for women it’s vital that we develop confidence and security within ourselves by focusing on our lives mentally, physically and financially.

Life is a stressful cycle of highs and lows. When you’re in a good place mentally and emotionally, you are better equipped to tackle all that life throws your way. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be hard times – there will be. However, if you are in the habit of focusing on yourself you have the capacity and mental fortitude to handle any situation, no matter how difficult. We often doubt ourselves, comparing our lives with the lives of other, more accomplished women. This is a massive mistake. We all have unique skills and talents that we should strive to improve and share. Focusing on yourself and letting your talents shine will give you a sense of purpose and a positive self-image.

You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. I’m not sure who first stated these words, but they ring true. Women often put the needs of others before all else, including their own health. Wouldn’t your loved ones benefit more if you were in the best physical health? Absolutely they would. Taking care of your health helps to reduce stress and it sets a good example for those around you, especially your children.

Financial security is something that all people should be worried about, especially when it comes to saving up for retirement and your future. A common mistake that many women make is being financially dependent on others, mainly their husbands or partners. When you begin to focus on your finances, you allow yourself to build a level of resiliency that is hard to break. Taking control of your finances will increase your overall well-being and gives you the freedom to accomplish the goals that you’ve set for your life.

When a women begins to take charge and focuses on all aspects of herself, she sets the foundation for a fulfilling, happy life. Focusing on self, health and wealth helps to reduce many of the fears we encounter in life. The uncertainties and hurdles in life are easy to manage when you’re healthy, both physically and emotionally, and financially secure.