Burn Out. That overwhelming feeling of lighting your candle at both ends. Being so incredibly busy, you couldn’t possibly have any time for anything else. A bubble bath? I don’t even have time to eat a proper lunch. Being the queen or king of multitasking & powering through a to do list that’s never ending. Feeling like your anxiety levels are through the roof & you don’t know if you can make it back down.
I wouldn’t say my anxiety is extreme. But I can say I’ve had moments where it takes over my mind & feel unaccomplished even though I’ve clearly been very productive. I’ve had moments where I’m at the store & get myself so flustered all because my mind won’t shut off. In these times of stress, I’ve learned the importance of shutting off & making time for myself. When I properly do this, I come back with more tenacity & willpower to take on my daily tasks.
As I’m writing this, I’ve been taking a self care week. I’m caught up with posts & was needing a bit of R&R. So, I put on my comfiest clothing, sat on my couch & binged watched Netflix for like 2 days (highly recommend the show: Rachet). I did write a few posts for the following month (ie. Blogmas) but I did it in a relaxed manner, balanced with a lot of me time. I decluttered some & cleaned the house & even read a book. Sometimes you need to recharge for the new season so you can come back even more productive than before. Here are 5 Self Care Tasks To Make You More Successful in the Future:
Take a Bubble Bath or a Long Shower:
I don’t know if it’s the change in temperature, but I always crave an occasional bubble bath after a long day. I find pampering yourself is a great way to regroup & switch your mindset. When I feel clean, I feel more productive. Otherwise, I’d stay in this sleepy state. Have you ever been so sick you can’t get out of bed? Did you ever try to take a hot shower & dry your hair? I found when I did this, regardless of how shitty I felt, I’d feel so much better. I think it’s a mental shift. When you take the time to shower & get ready for the day, your brain senses productivity & togetherness. It’s a win win situation.
Step Away from Social Media:
I’ve discussed the importance of social media detoxes & digital declutters in previous posts & find these topics hold true with self care. When I step away from these platforms or simply put my phone down & do something else, my mind feels more at ease. Especially someone who uses these platforms for the blog, stepping away is crucial for my wellbeing. I can’t neglect other parts of my life like my relationship & friendships. There needs to be a healthy balance.
Put on a Face Mask:
I don’t know why, but when I apply face masks, I feel so luxurious. Especially since we have to wear face masks on the daily now, it’s important to cleanse your skin even more. I found I break out more because of wearing face coverings. I now take my skincare routine seriously & also wash my cloth masks regularly.
Get a Mani Pedi:
I’m so low maintence when it comes to my nails. The thought of making an appointment & sitting down for an hour & getting them done is not fun for me. But when I do decide to get them done, I always feel like I can take over the world after. You can always try it out at home, but I don’t have the skill or patience for that. As someone who is trying to grow her nails out though, it does make me feel pretty.
Along with my workout routine, I love incorporating meditation & deep breathing. It calms me down in ways I can’t explain. I understand it may not be for everyone, but I find this practice to be a big part of my slow living routine . When I’m not busy & feeling particularly stressed out, I will sit on the floor or even lay in bed & listen to soft sounds or ASMR. Now, I know whispering videos are a taboo thing. You either hate or love it. As someone who has struggled with insomnia, I swear by these videos.
Here’s one of my favorite channels:
But sometimes all it takes is sitting in a room in silence & focusing on my breathing for a new minutes. It’s a way to tap into your emotions & return to a more calm state.
I hope these few suggestions are of help to you in your self care practices. What you do like to do during “Me Time”?