Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break.
We can be so hard on ourselves, and this time of year when the calendar gets full and work gets intense trying to meet deadlines while working around holiday schedules, it’s important for me to remember: self-care is not selfish.
Over the past few weeks, I have found myself overcommitted, full of anxiety, and with a to-do list a mile long. The most important thing I did was to recognize those feelings, own them, then come up with a plan to mitigate what felt like an impending implosion. Okay, truth time: I had a bit of a mini-meltdown.
I know I am not the only one who has experienced these emotions.
So what are some strategies for rebooting? Here’s a few I have been employing.
- Sleep. I have worked on my sleep habit over the past few years. I aim for 7-8 hours which is a huge improvement over 4-5 that I thought was enough. After my mini-meltdown, I set an 8:30 bedtime for myself and even chose sleep over exercise to just get my energy back on track.
- Protect your time. I have had to pass on some lunch and coffee invitations because as an introvert, they are a huge effort for me. I love my friends, but I needed to recharge before I can engage, at least for now.
- Take some mental health time. I have so much banked vacation time, so I have been using it as a way to rest and refocus my energy, especially while building up my coaching business.
- Eat well. Nutrition for your body contributes to the nourishment of your soul. What you eat affects how you feel.
- Practice gratitude. Daily reminders of the good things in life help reframe your mental energy when in a rut.
- Hug your dogs. (Well, that’s what I do.) If you don’t have a critter to hug, maybe it’s time to open your heart and adopt one!
- Hydrate. Dehydration can add to your funk. With the weather getting cooler, herbal teas have worked their way into my hydration agenda.
- Laugh. Read or listen to a funny book, or indulge in some Netflix time for a mental break.
- Breathe. Practice focused breathing or meditation to help bring some mindfulness to the situation.
What are some of the ways you choose to reboot? Share them here or tweet with me @OffthePlateMC.