Self-love and self-care is essential to positively affecting your overall health. I just started a new job these past 2 weeks and it takes up so much of my time, not to mention the long one and half hour commute to work and back home. I struggled sometimes juggling everything and I felt myself losing steam after only my second week. I was easily irritated, increasingly tired, my spirits were down and I even broke out in hives.
I realized in this short time how much I was giving my time and energy to others and just how much I neglected the time and energy I needed for myself. I was taking time out of my schedule to be there for others after a day of serving my bosses at work. And just like everyone else I have people that lean on me for support every so often. I have family and close friends who I give to through different capacities of my being. Even something as small as listening to someone vent or confide in you can be taxing mentally and emotionally. It wasn’t until I was aware of my tendency to give more of myself while also neglecting my own needs that I realized it might be time to give my body and soul what it was crying out to me for.
Sometimes it can be hard to see how much energy and time you give to others in the moment. At the end of the day or week you feel tired, unmotivated and your soul feels heavy, but you can’t seem to determine why.
Here are 3 signs that you’re not giving yourself enough “me-time” and 5 ways to get yourself back on track.
2. Easily irritated or impatient
3. Unable to focus
This is the first step to any change you want to make in your life and the biggest step to making the most progress. Awareness will help you pinpoint the issue and allow you to make the necessary decisions to make a positive change.
2. Schedule some “me time”
Once you find yourself losing steam, feeling physically drained or irritated schedule in some time for yourself. It can be an hour to a whole day to reset and spend time with yourself. Sleep, pamper yourself, go for a walk on the beach or read a book. Do anything that you feel you need to do to ensure you are taken care of mentally, physically and emotionally.
3. Find activities that give you true happiness
It may be that you find yourself stretched too thin too many times. If this is the case, I suggest finding activities you love that can be scheduled once a week or month. By participating in activities that you love you will in turn be happy and this will lift up your spirit and energy.
4. Nourish your body
It is important to take care of our bodies so that we can go about our day with the energy level that we need. In order to feel at our best and do our best we must fuel our bodies with the right nutrients. Fast food and processed food can give us instant energy but throughout the day we will begin to feel lethargic. Exercise will keep our joints and muscles strong so that we can continue to lead and live long, healthy lives and it’s a great stress reliever too! Put all your pent up energy into a workout you love.
Journaling, reflection and meditation are great, quick ways to stay in check with your body and what it needs. Journaling is a way to release your thoughts and emotions onto paper and it can also be a time to reflect on how you’re feeling and what you’re grateful for. 5 minute meditations can also help center yourself if you’re feeling pulled in too many directions and is a way to refocus your mind and energy.