So last week we spoke about how to find time to integrate self-care into your lifestyle.But today let’s talk about the signs that show us that self-care is needed ASAP. Sometimes these signs tend to go overlooked or pushed under the carpet. Well the more you push these signs under the carpet, you’ll trip and fall over the pile you've made.
Burn out! You work day in and day out. It’s all you do! You work at work, you work at home, in ministry, and at your kids school. You have reached the point of no more! Some people literally pass out from exhaustion. Others reach a mental breakdown or anxiety sets in. Don’t let it get here! You have to say no to some things or just take a day off or two and rejuvenate yourself.
Brain Fog! You ever sit in front of your computer and have no clue what you were trying to do next. Or if you have a weekly report to hand in but you can’t seem to figure out what to write although you do this task every week. When you don’t make time to replenish yourself, your mind isn’t as sharp as it’s meant to be. You need to step back and take a walk or drink some water. When you are unable to focus on the task at hand, it’s a sign that too much is going on right now and you have to take a break to center yourself.
Are you tired yet? Are you falling asleep at work every day? After you’ve put your kids to sleep, do you fall asleep with them? Have you ever had a full night of sleep and woke up tired? It’s time to take some much-needed respite from the day to day tasks. You can’t keep operating like this. We have a tendency to simply put our need for relaxation to the side. It isn't healthy and you really have to honor yourself and let your body recoup.
How rude?! Yes, you are snapping at anyone that comes your way, like the guy at the corner store making your breakfast sandwich or your boss. How about your kids? Did you really have to snap at your hubby too? When you are so stressed you unknowingly walk around with such a great burden on your shoulders that instead of asking others to help you carry the load, you lash out on those closest to you. It’s in that moment that you have to step back and identify the real issue and set up a few systems to take care of yourself and apologize for your bad attitude I might add!
Eating like a Pig! Your cravings are beyond this world! You want ice cream and chips and candy and fried chicken all the time! When your body begins to consistently crave those foods that aren’t good for us, it’s trying to tell us something. Your body is signaling to you that something is wrong and it’s trying it’s best to fix it but needs your help to identify the underlying issue. Are you doing too much? Do you need to take yourself out on a date? Do you need to meditate and spend time with God?
Today I just really want you to take the time to listen to your body and see what it’s trying to tell you and fix it. It may not change in a day or two but taking care of yourself is usually the first step and that looks very different for all of us.
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