24 hours feels like nothing these days, doesn’t it? When adulting, life, and everything in-between collides, it just seems like there is never enough time in one day to take care of all of your to-do’s and you–but you have to. You’d be amazed at how one small moment of self-care can be the perfect medicine for the headaches of adulthood. Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Or maybe you know one (or ten) people who just always seem to be in a bad mood? Both are results of negligent self-care. If you can place yourself within either of those examples, you know that it happens to the best of us. If you’ve not yet experienced either example, message me your address so I can move to the Land of Sunshine with you. For those of us who know all too well that agitated feeling of reluctant blahness…this one is for us. Here are 3 signs you’re in desperate need of self-care. Let’s get into it!
YOUR DAY IS A STRICT TO-DO LIST. ALWWAYS.
…and none of those bullet points are 100% focused on you. I’m experiencing this first hand as we speak. It’s important to stay on task, but don’t forget about you. Even iPhones take a break when they are overworked. Even if it’s just grabbing a chocolate bar and taking 5 isolated minutes to enjoy all of it’s chocolatey goodness–do it. Each and every day, promise yourself 5 minutes at the very least to do something just for YOU. Self-care doesn’t look the same for anyone, but the results of indulging in self-care are the same for all of us. A bit of peace, happiness, and feel-good. Something we all deserve, but forget to gift ourselves. As adults there are endless responsibilities and I get that, but those responsibilities get very heavy when you forget to caress your soul.
YOU’RE TIRED BEFORE YOU START JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
THIS. IS. ME. Trust me, I know I make it sound easy, but I know for a fact how hard it is to self-soothe and motivate when you’re just tired–of everything. The responsibilities I’ve gained since becoming a mother leave me exhausted before I even start doing anything, but still that’s no excuse to neglect my soul or my responsibilities. Reward yourself. When you work hard, play harder. Buy that dress that’s way too much money, but makes you feel like Rihanna’s twin sister. Literally whatever it is that will remind you of just how hard you’re working to get things right on a day-to-day is exactly what you should do every chance you get. That way, working hard doesn’t just feel like a task, but an incentive.
YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR YOU
If you can’t remember the last thing you did for yourself then you don’t indulge in yourself enough–in my opinion. I keep mentioning doing things for yourself because it is one of the simplest and most satisfying forms of self-care in my opinion. We all like to feel special. Who’s to say you can’t be the one to make yourself feel special? Flatter yourself. Spoil yourself. Encourage yourself. Don’t wait on someone to do that for you. Trust me, if people see you doing these kinds of things for yourself, they will be sure to follow it up.
As we take on the challenges that come in everyday life, start practicing self-care and be sure to visit with us here at Simone as we continue to dissect self-care and the expansion it can have on our lives. In the meantime between time, deep condition your hair and eat that bowl of ice cream you keep telling yourself you don’t need. You deserve it!