Treat yourself kindly with these 9 self-care tips. Start small today with simple gestures and it can make your outlook brighter.
You stare blankly up at the ceiling as your alarm rings for you to get up to go to work. You can’t seem to find the motivation to start getting ready. You weren’t always like this.
It could be that you’re burning out because you haven’t been taking the time out of your day to practice self-care. It happens to the best of us. We’re so busy working and taking care of everything else that we forget that we have to take care of ourselves too.
To get you back on your two feet and fight the burnout, here are a few self-care tips that you should be following.
1. Catch Some Z's
The first step to any self-care strategy is to let yourself sleep. A lack of sleep won't only affect your health but it will take any stress you feel during the day and magnify it by ten. If you feel like you haven't been getting the rest that you need, think about your nightly routine for a moment.
Do you typically eat dinner late at night? If so you may want to change things up and eat around 7. Chow down any later than that and the food can work it's way back up and give you heartburn or make you feel like you're choking.
If you drink heavy amounts of caffeine during the day that can also affect your sleep as much as scrolling through your phone or working on your bed.
2. Give Your Tummy Some Love
Do you find yourself often asking why your stomach hurts? It could be your gut trying to tell you something and no. We're not talking about that big presentation coming up that's giving you butterflies.
We're talking about your literal gut health. See, we all have healthy gut bacteria that exists inside of us. The things that we eat can impact these bacteria in good or horrible ways.
When your gut is unhappy then it could impact your mood and make you miserable.
3. Exercise Daily
It may not feel like it when you're sweating away at the gym but exercise releases feel-good endorphins that can improve your mood. So when people say that exercise is good for you they weren't kidding.
While it may be hard to fit in a trip to the gym every day, a small yoga session or a morning walk works as well.
4. Eat a Balanced Diet
It's okay to splurge every now and again but you shouldn't cheat too much on your balanced diet. Leafy greens don't taste as bad as you think and they can give you the energy to get through your day.
On top of giving you energy, the right foods can also put a plug in memory loss and act as an anti-inflammatory to get rid of common aches and pains.
5. It's Okay to Say No
We understand that it's hard to say no without feeling like a terrible person but sometimes there's no helping it. If you've already worked three open to closes at work and a co-worker asks you to pick up a shift for them you're allowed to say no.
In this scenario, if you told the co-worker yes then that would put tons more stress on your body and contribute to burnout. It could even lead to a workplace injury if you're moving heavy machinery or equipment while being exhausted.
Say no. There are ways that you can do it without seeming impolite. Your co-worker may be a little crabby about it for a day or so but they will get over it.
6. Take a Weekend Away
You go to work, come home, cook dinner, go to bed. Mix and repeat this day after day and over time you get tired of doing the same old thing. That's why, if you can afford it you should take a weekend away to break up the monotony.
It doesn't to be an expensive self-care trip. You can go camping for the weekend. Turn off your phone, stay away from work emails and get away from it all.
You'll be ready to go back into your normal life feeling recharged and ready to conquer anything.
7. Catch Some Fresh Air
Speaking of going camping, how often do you go outside to get a little bit of fresh air? Going outside can ease depression and stop stress. So, if work is getting to be a little too much, step out of the office for a few minutes.
Getting a little sun can also help you sleep at night. It helps your mind sort of tell the difference between day and night. Your body will also be able to get a little dose of vitamin C.
8. Get a Dog or Cat
living alone can be well, lonely. If it's got you down, get a dog or a cat depending on your tastes. Pets can give you a little bit of that unconditional love and affection that you may have been missing.
Petting your dog also releases a ton of feel-good endorphins that can fight depression. It's one of the most relaxing things that you can do.
You can even talk to them! Not that they would be able to give you any expert advice.
9. Get Yourself Organized
When your home is messy it reminds you of all the things that you haven't done yet and piles even more on your already busy schedule. You can cut down on this stress by staying organized.
If you write down all of your deadlines and appointments then they won't sneak up on you. When you have hooks where you can hang your coat and keys you don't waste so much time looking for them that you skip breakfast. It's a ripple effect really.
Self-Care Tips that You Should Incorporate Into Your Routine
If you feel like you're facing burnout then it could be that you stopped taking care of yourself without even realizing it. The good thing is that all you need is a little change in your routine to reset yourself. Try out these self-care tips to get started on building yourself back up.
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