July 5, 2021
Self Care 101
Self Care 101
By: Lyndsey Walthall
You are important. Really important. It’s funny how something so important can oftentimes become so neglected. Case in point: I was recently talking to a client who’s done a lot of traveling for work lately. We’re talking flying internationally, flying back, then driving to a billion different states, all within a matter of days. They looked tired and very worn down. They like their job just fine and enjoy the work, but it doesn’t change how they feel.
I’m sure you can relate. Busy days and busy weeks blur into busy months, and without even realizing it, you find yourself trying to pour from an empty cup. Spoiler alert: it’s not possible. And it’s not healthy. So what can you do when you find yourself dragging? What tips and tricks can help make you feel rejuvenated instead of burnt out?
For starters: stop working. Obviously not for good, and I’m certainly not saying to run out and quit your job. I mean actually take the weekend to relax. Read a book; watch a movie. If you’re like me, you’re really bad at doing nothing. Give yourself permission to do nothing. Your hobbies miss you, so spend some time getting reacquainted. According to a guide about overcoming burnout on HelpGuide.org, reaching out to those closest to you (family, friends, even coworkers) is a great way to calm down and relieve stress. Set aside some time to not stare at a screen for a while. Technology is great and even necessary, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a break from it sometimes. Shut your computer, turn off your phone, ignore your emails/texts. Disconnect now so you can reconnect, refreshed and energized, later.
Self care is not easy, but it’s necessary. So whatever your plans are this weekend, make sure you take some time for yourself. Sleep in; eat delicious food without guilt—whatever will make you feel good, do it!