Self care is such an important part of our mental and physical health, but other than a regular schedule of self care days, how do you know when you need a day or two of some self pampering?
Everyone has their own tells for when they need a break because everyone deals with and experiences stress differently. My tells may not be what you experience and that’s perfectly okay! These are my 5 ways to tell you need a self care day.
You Feel Overwhelmed
You don’t always have to be physically overwhelmed to be stressed out, though it’s a lot more obvious. A lot of times we try to push aside any mental fatigue we have because we think we can deal with it later, or if we don’t think about it, the stress will go away.
But constantly feeling overwhelmed and that you’re drowning in life is definitely not good. No matter how much you try to tell yourself that you’re fine, you can totally deal with whatever is going on, it’s not that big of a deal, etc. it will still be there if you don’t do anything to help yourself.
Having a self care day where you actually sit down, listen to what your body and your mind are telling you, and take care of yourself properly. Need some help figuring out what to do? Check out 6 Ways to Relax, De-Stress, and Unwind.
You’re Getting Irritable Easily
This is the biggest thing for me, and actually why I started writing this blog post! I was on the phone with a co-worker who called me to help troubleshoot something that was happening with her computer. I didn’t really do anything but be there to act as someone for her to talk to, but it helped her with her problem.
Thing is, I was so irritated with that phone call that I was actually a bit surprised with myself! Clearly, I need a day to myself for some good self care.
I’m going to take my own advice from 12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 1 and 12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 2. I’m going to be taking the day for myself (but not just laying in bed watching You Tube all day) and writing out all of the good things that have happened so far.
You Feel Like Crying
Some of us deal with stress by feeling like crying or just outright crying itself. Some people are more sensitive than others (no shame in that, I’m totally one of those people!) and crying is a great way to relieve stress.
I spent a lot of my life trying to make myself not cry that I now have issues crying when I feel I need to. So to help that along I will look up sad compilations on You Tube to see if anything could be a trigger to get things goes.
You could also turn on your favorite emotional movie and give that watch. Curling up on the couch with blankets and tea is optional.
You’re Physically Exhausted
Feeling physically exhausted when you haven’t really done anything that would make you tired like that is a huge red flag for needing a self care day.
If you come home from work or school (or both) and you are just… SO… TIRED, you definitely might need a break.
If this is a visual representation of how you feel:
You might need to take a day for some self care.
What are the ways you experience stress? Are any of the things listed above something you have experience?
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