Pardon my may absences. Life is a bit overwhelming. When things get rough I tend to push harder to try and get past it. The harder I try to push past this pain the worse things seem to get and it only once I am stumbling and rocking back and forth on the breaking point that I start to question my methods.
Why is it that self-care is always last on our list, even when we’re staring at the barrel of uncertainty and exhaustion? Why is it that we are last on our list of things to take care of? We give precedence to everything but ourselves. Why is that? What makes us put ourselves on the back burner?
When our car starts to go wrong we give it the once over to see what the source of the problem. When things are going rough in our lives we never give ourselves the once over. At least, I know I don’t. We as a whole, need to start taking better care of ourselves. We need to put ourselves first and take care of ourselves. Again, I know I do.
Here are self-care tips that I use when I feel burn out.
- Stop! I stop everything that I’m doing and take inventory as to how I’m feeling.
- Take a walk. I get moving and try to get outside to clear my head.
- Hug someone. Surround yourselves with those who love you and soak all of it in. Lean on each other.
- Journal. I write out my feelings that I dare not speak to anyone else. I get them out of my soul.
- Hydrate. The body functions better when it’s well hydrated.
- Listen to music. Listen to songs to life your mood or that will help the bad ones wash over you and then dissipate into nothingness.
- Bathe. Long hot showers and baths can work wonders on a wounded soul
- Exercise. I sweat out the anxiety and the bad feelings. I relish the rush of endorphins.
- Meditate. I try to focus on 10 minutes a day on my breathe. Longer on really bad days.
- Logic. I know that these feelings are only temporary and they can’t and don’t last forever.
I hope everything is okay with all of you. I hope you remember to always check in with yourself. Remember, YOU MATTER. The world is more beautiful with you in it.
Until we meet again stones,
Bleed and Exist