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Have you ever experienced burnout? It’s a state of physical or emotional exhaustion — in general or when faced with a specific situation, like work or dealing with a challenging family member. Self-care is one of the most effective ways to sidestep burnout. However, self-care is, unfortunately, one of the least used strategies.
When you neglect self-care, all other areas of our lives — without exception — are neglected. You may think you are simply too busy to add self-care to your overpacked calendar, but if you are feeling burned out, depressed, lethargic or drained, then it’s time to think again. Let’s take a deeper look at self-care and what it is, how it helps and ways to get started.
Self-Care: What It Is and Isn’t
You may have been taught that self-care is selfish or egotistical; in fact, Americans often measure worth by how much we have to sacrifice. However, those misconceptions can actually hold you back from being truly selfless. When you take time for self-care, you are better able to excel at your other responsibilities because you aren’t overwhelmed, overworked or burned out. Think of self-care like gas for your car. You can’t drive your kids to the doctor or get to an important meeting on time without gas. And if you are constantly driving while low on gas, you’ll always be stressed and anxious about running out of fuel. Like gas, self-care refuels you, keeping you excited and energized to manage the responsibilities and people you care for. Some simple recharging self-care activities are:
Health and Happiness: Benefits of Self-Care
Studies have shown that self-care can reduce anxiety, boost productivity, improve and stabilize mood, fire up your immune system and lower stress. When you are less affected by stress, you are also less affected by heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Self-care allows you to feel lighter and less burdened. How can you give to others when your cup is empty? It won’t happen overnight, but self-care is like a building muscle — you have to work it a bit to see improvement. Some activities to help establish self-care include:
Scheduling Self-Care: How to Make It a Habit
Self-care is a hard habit to start. This is because we tend to prioritize things that are important to others or that play a role in meeting other people’s expectations. The only person holding you accountable for self-care is you. When you start a self-care activity, you might feel great in the beginning, so after a while, you cut it back in order to make room for work, family or friends. And that’s okay; you should always try to be flexible and non-judgemental with yourself. You can work on maintaining self-care habits by:
Read a book, soak in an oil bath, ride a bike, sign up for a class, work on holistic wellness, unplug your phone, jog with your dog, take a weekend trip — these suggestions are just the tip of the self-care iceberg. It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves when we feel busy or overwhelmed, but remember, self-care can help prevent that sense of burnout from happening in the first place, and lead to a healthier, happier you.
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