Self care is an important part of our lives. It can range from having a night to yourself with a face mask and some candles, to making sure you’re caring for your whole self in terms of showering and eating right.
Us Millennials lead exhausting lives. Between student loan debt to working to trying to keep up with a social life, time to yourself can be hard to come by. When life stresses you out to the point where you’re getting a full night’s sleep and still waking up exhausted, it’s time for some self care.
Self Care Tips for the Exhausted Millennial
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could just pause life for a few days to recoup from everything that’s gone on. There’s so many kinds of stress that can make you want to bash your head against a wall: work stress, home stress, family stress, relationship stress, social circle stress…
So when you’re at your wits end, it’s time for a self care day. These are some of my favorite self care tips.
Tip 1: Take the Day Off
If you’re like me, taking a day off is the last thing you want to do. But if you’re exhausted, your body and mind are going to need it. That’s why this is self care tip number one. It’s possible to do these things after work, but if your body needs a break, you should give it to it.
Taking the day off gives you a day where you don’t have to worry about work. That’s one less stressor in your life for the time being. Tomorrow You can worry about work. Today’s You is focused on healing.
Don’t feel bad about taking a day off. One, you have the days off to take. If you need it, use them. Second, depending on your company you may not be able to roll over extra time into the next year. My company allows 40 hours to be rolled over, but you’re required to have the time put in by January’s end and can only take them through March. I ended up losing 2 full days off because I didn’t use them in time.
So take that day off. Call in. Taking care of your mental and physical health is definitely worth taking that day off. Repeat that until you actually believe it.
Tip 2: Take a Shower
There’s never going to be a self care tips post I write that doesn’t include taking a shower. I believe it’s the best way to soft reset your body. You have the time alone to get squeaky clean and give your mind a time to relax.
If you want to be really fancy, light some candles, use a scented shower tablet, put on some soft and relaxing music. Or you could get really fancy and take a bath instead!
This is a day for yourself, so take the time to relax in the shower or bath. Use this as a way to begin your self care day.
Tip 3: Make Your Bed and Tidy Up
This self care tip may seem counter productive to some of you, but if you have a messy room or apartment, you’ll have a frazzled mind. There’s nothing worse than trying to relax but the dishes in your sink are calling to you, or you go to relax in your bedroom but the laundry hasn’t been folded and it’s all over your bed.
I don’t mean go on a complete cleaning spree, unless that’s something you want to do, just get things in a more organized order. When I have clothes on my bedroom floor and my bed isn’t made, it makes my mind just as cluttered as my environment. So in order to relax I have to tidy up a bit.
You may not want to do it at the time, but you will feel so much better once you’re in a clean atmosphere.
Tip 4: Drink Some Water
When life gets hectic for me I tend to forget about drinking enough water. I’m a bit more concerned about keeping hydrated than most people because I’m prone to kidney stones, and every time I’m dehydrated they show up.
But keeping hydrated is a great way to keep you body healthy. So many people are always on the go and keeping up with life via caffeine which will dehydrate you. If you can’t remember the last time you had a glass of water, it’s time to get drinking!
Tip 5: Do That Thing You’ve Been Meaning to Do
This can be anything from going to the gym, getting a massage, going shopping, or even doing that deep clean of the bathroom you’ve been putting of. Just make sure this is something you want to do not have to do. Remember, this day is for you to recoup and recover from life.
For me, it was grabbing myself this fancy toner from Sephora. It’s an exfoliating toner and is more expensive than I’d like, but I’ve heard great things about it and it’s not quite luxury level of skin care.
I also had a friend over and we played a video game together for a few hours after we had lunch at an amazing local restaurant.
I didn’t have to do any of these things (I did also do some light cleaning up before my friend got to my place) but I wanted to. For me, socialization drains me like nothing else, so hanging out with someone for so long can drain me and make me cranky. But I wanted to hang out with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.
Tip 6: Treat Yourself
Don’t go too overboard if you can’t afford it, but something as simple as getting yourself ice cream, or maybe getting you nails done can be something small enough that it won’t break the bank. Treat yourself.
For me, this is usually a day in my room, by myself, doing whatever it is I want to. I’m very much an introvert and my idea of an amazing relaxing weekend involves me not going anywhere and being by myself.
Figure out what it is that you would like to treat yourself with and go ahead and do it. I give you permission to do so.
Tip 7: Have a Good Meal
Nutrition is a big part of self care. Think about how many times you’ve opted for easy instead of better for you when you’re stressed and too tired to cook. I’m incredibly guilty of this. I was going to Boston Market way too much which not only hurt my health, but my wallet as well.
I don’t want you to think a “good” meal has to be healthy, it doesn’t. But what it shouldn’t be is the same thing you’ve been eating for the past few weeks when things started to hit the fan and escalate.
Try out a new restaurant in town, order a full entree over delivery apps like Doordash (use my referral code and we’ll both get money off our order!), have a comfort meal you’ve been craving.
The point is to fill up on things that are actually going to keep you full, not just snacks, fast food, or junk.
Tip 8: Take a Nap
This is my favorite self care tip (besides taking a shower, of course)! When you’re stressed your sleeping isn’t going to be that good. Now that I have a fitbit, I can monitor how my sleeping is. Let’s say it’s not that great and I’m not that stressed out!
So taking a nap to get your energy back for the day is definitely not a bad idea. I know the idea of “catching up on sleep” really isn’t a thing, but if it helps out for the time being, I’m down for it.
Personally I’d set an alarm so I don’t sleep through the day (been there, done that).
Tip 9: Journal or Write Out the Exhaustion
Journaling may not be for everyone, but it could be beneficial to you in the long run. A lot of people have issues verbalizing what’s really going on and causing the exhaustion. I’ve found that when I start writing in a journal I eventually will spill out everything that’s going on, even if I hadn’t been thinking about it at the time.
There are so many posts about journaling on Pinterest that you can choose from, or check out my board about Journal Prompts to get you started.
I know writing isn’t for everyone and if you find this isn’t for you, that’s okay! You could try drawing out what’s going on if that helps, or you can just not bother with journaling all together. I’m a writer so it’s incredibly helpful for me.
Tip 10: Make Sure You’re Taking Care of Yourself in the Future
Having a self care day is great in all, but you need to make sure you’re taking these tips and finding ways to incorporate them into your regular day. You don’t have to do everything all the time, but finding small ways to give yourself some care during the work week.
The most important part of self care is to actually care for yourself. I wrote about that in my post Self Care Isn’t Always Sunshine, Rainbows, and Face Masks: The Dark Side of Self Care, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating enough real food, drinking enough water, and giving yourself enough time to decompress.
- Take the day off. You’d take off if you were sick, and right now, your body needs a break.
- Take a shower. It’ll be your soft reset and get you started for the day.
- Make your bed and tidy up a bit. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered room to make a cluttered mind.
- Drink some water. Hydration is pretty awesome.
- Do whatever it is you’ve been meaning to do. Make sure this is a want and not a need.
- Treat yourself. Get that ice cream or that manicure.
- Have a good meal. Don’t just snack or eat the same fast food you’ve been munching on. Get a real entree.
- Take a nap. There’s nothing worse than wanting relax but just falling asleep.
- Journal or write out what’s causing your exhaustion. You’d be surprised how beneficial it can be.
- Make sure you take care of yourself in the future. Remember, self care is at its core, caring for ones self.
What are your favorite self care tips? Let me know in the comments!
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