Feeling burned out, tired, and racing to keep up with everything? Perpetually? You’re not alone.
Between the demands at work and home, there can be little time left for self-care, which has consequences for our mental health and wellbeing. What if instead of waiting to reach the point of exhaustion, we built self-care into our everyday routine? When you make yourself a priority, you have more energy and stamina to face all you need to do for others.
If you were on an airplane, the flight attendants would tell you to put on your oxygen mask before you helped others. You are of little good to anyone if you’ve passed out or in this case if you are burnt out. Protect your mental and physical health by scheduling regular self-care right alongside other appointments and commitments. It will promote the physical energy and mindset to provide for others as well as setting a good example to those around you.
Here are some ways self-care can help you participate more fully in life and protect your future health:
- Establish routines that keep your health and wellbeing a priority: You might take five minutes longer in the shower to relax, exfoliate, and then moisturize, or take a rejuvenating 15-minute nap after a hectic day. Take 30 minutes in the morning or evening to read or write for entertainment. Book regular massages to improve your circulation, positive mood, sleep and digestion. Pre-purchase spa packages or memberships to save and ensure you will follow through on your commitment over the long term.
- Be proactive with your health: If you know you’re dealing with stress and anxiety, take steps to mitigate the negative impacts on your physical, mental, and emotional health. For example, make a routine of enjoying an infrared sauna session two times a week and use that time to listen to a guided meditation or practice yoga. Make healthy eating choices by planning meals and preparing healthy snacks you can grab on the go. Plan a walking date with a friend for later in the week.
- Improve your overall digestive health: Eating a balanced diet is essential, but so is digestive health. Make sure to include probiotic and pre-biotic foods in your diet like kombucha, kefir, and kimchi. Colon hydrotherapy can also boost your digestive health. Have questions? Read our responses to common colon hydrotherapy myths.
- Get enough sleep: Running on empty only works for so long before there are consequences to our physical and mental health. You don’t have to live with fatigue! Check out our tips for what to do when you’re feeling chronically tired.
- Move: Exercise is about much more than burning calories. A few short exercises throughout the day can keep your mind fresh, and your body energized. Take a walk during your lunch break the fresh air and boost to your circulation will leave your head feeling clearer and your load lighter. If you spend long hours at a desk consider a walking treadmill desk (iMoveR makes a nice one) or if you prefer to sit, cycling pedals under your desk. Make a routine of an evening stroll after dinner and walk or bike to any appointments that you can.
Ready to make self-care a priority? Book an appointment at Eco Chateau Wellness Spa today. We have locations in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley and Mission Valley.