In case you haven’t noticed, you may be completely burnt out. It’s easy to miss when we’re in a flurry of juggling a dozen different responsibilities at the same time all while desperately trying to get a good night’s sleep.
Burnout shows up in many ways and we usually fail to see the signs until it’s too late. We have to get sick or miss a deadline before we realize we might need a break. In our fast-paced world, it’s easier than ever before to fall victim to burnout.
When we’re busy, our self-care practices usually take a backseat—which is ironic, because that’s actually when we need them most! If you are feeling like you might need a pick-me-up—and a bit more self-care in your life—then you’re probably right.
Ultimately, it’s about learning to listen to your body and knowing when to push forward and when to hit pause and take a rest. We all need to take a break and sometimes, we might not even know it.
Look for these telltale signals that a self-care makeover is in order. Here are the signs you’ve hit a self-care low:
1. Saying YES when you mean NO
Do you say YES to projects, tasks, helping others even when your brain (or your heart) is telling you to say NO? This is usually where a self-care low begins. Wanting to please others and also, not having a realistic understanding of what you can truly handle, can put self-care to the side.
2. Turning down help
On the other hand, do you reject offers to help you – or are afraid to ask for help for fear of looking weak? It might feel more complicated to bring others in or you might feel like you’re not good enough if you can’t do it all yourself. One way to make more room for self-care is to say yes to help and invite it in!
3. Focusing on others too much.
Are you constantly steering conversations towards other people instead of answering their direct questions about you? It’s easier to hear what other people have going on than to admit that your plate is way too full. You can even help others to the point of sacrificing your own health and financial situation. And then when you try to help from a place of lack, you can end up in compounding states of depletion.
4. Your way or the highway.
When it’s decision-making time, do you steamroll other people in conversations? Is it your way or the highway? Do you feel that your patience is low and you want to get to a solution quickly—especially because you know your solution is the right way? If you find yourself becoming short and wanting to just slap a band-aid on things, it might be time to take a break because you’re probably fried.
When we’re busy, our self-care practices usually take a backseat—which is ironic, because that’s actually when we need self-care the most!
If you are feeling like you might need a pick-me-up—and a bit more self-care in your life—then you’re probably right. Learn how to incorporate simple self-care practices into your day by downloading our Epic Morning Ritual Kit.