When we are deep in the weeds – in the thick of things – it is easy to neglect our needs. When our self-care is overlooked for too long, we can experience signs of burnout such as physical and/or mental exhaustion, loss of interest in work and/or coworkers, overly negative feelings about your job, or even an inability to sympathize with others.
Below are some questions to ask yourself to help you know is you are making yourself and your well-being a priority:
- Are you able to take time for yourself without feeling guilty?
- Do you believe in self-care?
- Do you understand that self-care is not the same as weakness?
- Are you okay with slowing down sometimes?
- Do you make leisure time a priority?
If you answered, “No” to any of these questions you might need to put some self-care in place. You can do this by incorporating any of the ideas below.
Practicing self-care can include doing what you love to do, venting your frustration, spending time in your favorite zone, and getting plenty of rest. Go for walks or hikes, go to the batting cages, sing, and dance and have real conversations with people you love and trust. Try several outlets until you find the ones that work best for you.
Self-care at work and home is important. Regular self-care is an integral part of maintaining balance in life which will help you physically, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually.