We’ve all fallen into the habit of overworking ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Every time it has happened to me, there were always clear signals that I needed to take a step back. So, I thought I’d share those with you today. Here are 10 obvious signs that you need a self-care day ASAP.
Withdrawing from the world
Socializing can be a very emotional draining task. In times of extreme stress, some of us withdraw from the world as a way of not having to deal with the pressures of entertaining friends and family. However, if 2020 has taught us any lessons, it’s that isolating ourselves can be disastrous for our mental health.
When alone, you’ll find that sometimes your thoughts start to become your enemy. They lose all rationality, tend to be focused on the worst-case scenario. Once you’ve fallen down this path, you absolutely need a self-care day to recharge your batteries.
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According to Healthline, there is a clear link between irritability and anxiety. Personally, this is usually the first sign that alerts me to an impending burnout.
My morning commute to work goes from a calm journey to hell-on-earth, where everyone somehow seems to be in my way. When I start noticing that these bursts of anger start to become more frequent, then I know I need to take a step back and reconnect with myself.
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Not being able to feel emotions is a terrifying experience. It happened to me for a while following a previous heartbreak. In the following weeks, whenever anything bad would happen to me, I simply didn’t care enough to show emotions.
It was sort of like my brain already expected the worst to happen in life, and so it was unphased by the negative experience. Through the use of scheduled self-care days, I was eventually able to reconnect with my emotions.
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At some point in our lives, most of us will push ourselves to the limit to meet a deadline. At work. In school. Usually the consequence of this is that our sleep pattern becomes erratic due to the stress.
We end up with insomnia, because we’re too pre-occupied with the work that needs to be done. This then leads to us not getting enough sleep, causing us to be constantly tired throughout the day.
To break this cycle, we need to understand that sleeping well is an essential part of self-care. Once we start taking care of our body, it begins to take care of us.
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Excessive worrying about a task can cause us to switch from one task to another endlessly throughout the day. When we start this cycle of going back and forth without getting traction on any task, then it’s time to reassess our well-being.
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Trouble making decisions
When times get difficult, we often have a lot on our mind. It feels like there are a million things that need to be done. And so our brain desperately tries to keep all those plates spinning at the same time. This leaves us in situations where we become overwhelmed and have trouble making decisions.
If this applies to you, then it’s time to scale back on your priorities in life. That means intentionally choosing to do less, but doing it better.
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Constantly feeling guilty
We all feel guilt from time to time. It’s an extremely normal emotion. However once you start feeling guilty over the smallest scenarios, then there is an issue. If the thought of cancelling plans with friends leaves you with a pit feeling in your stomach, then you might need to consider taking some time off to take care of yourself. Once you’re in a better place mentally, you and your friends will be able to have a much better socializing experience.
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You are your own worst critique.
It’s all your fault. What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you do this? Negative self-talk after making a mistake is one of the biggest indications of declining mental health. Once this behavioural pattern becomes repetitive, it’s a sign that you need to check in with yourself.
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Lack of creativity
Can’t seem to create any new ideas at work? Struggling to find the right words for a pitch? If this applies to you, then it’s one of the signs you need a self-care day. Stress has been found to greatly impact creativity, as it greatly affects our focus and memory.
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When you neglect self-care and allow stress to reign free over your life, your health starts to worsen over time. Chronic release of stress hormones has been shown to cause a multitude of health problems such as
- Digestive issues
- Heart disease
The Effects of Stress on Your Body
The next time you catch any of these signs, you need a self-care day as soon as possible to restore balance. Once you realize that self-care is necessary and not selfish, you’ll be one step closer to having a healthier lifestyle.
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10 Replies to “10 obvious signs you need a self-care day ASAP”
I have seen a few of these signs creeping up on me recently and I know I’m in need of a self care day. Thanks for the reminder!
I have definitely noticed a few of these signs in myself over the last few weeks, and I needed the reminder to pause and take a self care day. Thank you!
These are great queues to listen to, that let’s you know you need a break and to focus on yourself. Too many of us ignore them.
Great tips thanks for sharing
I recognize several of these in me right now. I also know I need to have a “me day” but of course I always have something else I must do. I’ve been noticing my irritability a lot lately. This was a nice reminder that I’m important, too.
Whenever I feel these things creeping into my life a good daily meditation session helps to knock it out.
If not, I definitely need what I call a “mental health” day of self care day as you call it.
Thanks for the warning and tips.
This post hits home, and I think it’s something I have been avoiding because, you know, I have to get so much done! *sigh*
We don’t stop and relax as much as we should and it catches up before we realize it!
Thank you for sharing this post!
Great post! Perfect timing for this with the pandemic. Everyone needs time to themselves. Thanks for sharing!
Love this post! I can definitely tell when I need a self care day based on how irritable I get, and when I’m too hard on myself. Thanks for sharing!
These tips are super helpful! It’s so important to listen to our bodies when we need to rest and recharge. Thank you so much for sharing!