Self-care may be a concept that you have begun to embrace as a normal part of your day to day, but are you giving it enough of your time?
If any of the following signs sound similar to your own experience, then this may be an indication that you need to focus on your own self-care a little bit more!
- YOU’RE CONTROLLED BY YOUR EMOTIONS
You find yourself getting irritated or anxious easily. You have less patience with those around you, and keep taking things personally. These are all signs of reduced emotional capacity – a strong indicator that you need to take more of an interest in your own self-care.
- YOU’RE NEVER ON TIME, OR ARE DISORGANISED
If you’re often trying to cram more into a day than is actually possible, you’ll probably just end up throwing your whole schedule off instead of actually increasing productivity!
- YOU’RE EXHAUSTED
Sleep deprivation or being overworked easily leads to emotional and physical exhaustion. If you’re always tired, it’s time to realise that it’s really important to schedule in enough sleep every night as an essential part of your self-care.
Lack of sleep decreases your cognitive ability and alertness, causes strain in your relationships, and has an overall significant negative impact on your physical and mental health.
- YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO RELAX
Always rushing to get things done makes you feel important, productive and in charge of your life. But if you can’t remember the last time you took time to relax and just do nothing, you’re probably overdoing it. We miss out on the joys of life when we don’t take the time to stop ‘doing’ and just ‘be’.
- YOU CONSTANTLY FEEL OVERWHELMED
When you have so much going on you feel you don’t even have time to breathe, then something is certainly off balance in your life.
- YOU DON’T HAVE ALONE TIME
Being with your loved ones is important, but scheduling in alone time is just as essential for your wellbeing. Otherwise you’re missing out on essential recharging time to replenish your body and mind. Your relationships will actually improve if you allow yourself the time to reflect, process and gain a better understanding of yourself when not distracted by other people.
- YOU DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU
Experiencing aches and pains, eating a poor diet and neglecting your exercise regime are all sure-fire signs of self-care insufficiency. A healthy diet nourishes your body and mind and should be a central part of your self-care, and even small amounts of exercise have been shown to have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.