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especially when we have a ton of responsibilities. You might feel like you don’t have enough time for yourself, which simply isn’t true. Your self care needs to be your main priority, and not something that you might not have enough time for at the end of the day. It shouldn’t be a maybe. When your days get hectic and busy, a solid foundation of self care practices will help you feel productive and less overwhelmed.
Getting up early might be a sacrifice that you need to make in order to nurture yourself. The morning is a special time, where the world is quiet and no one expects to have access to you. Especially if you’re a parent, you need time to yourself, doing things that fill your cup. You can’t take care of your family or fulfill your obligations when you’re running on empty. Take the time in the mornings to go inward, reflect, listen to your body, and stretch. Sometimes, sticking to the same exact routine day in and day out can be draining. Try to mix it up while sticking to a consistent framework. For example, you might find that it is important to incorporate some form of movement into your routine, but you feel restricted by doing the same yoga flow everyday. Mix up the flow, do a different workout, or go for a walk instead.
When you’re on the verge of burnout, it can be easy to feel jaded, and like there’s no end in sight. It helps if you remind yourself what you are grateful for, and celebrate yourself for getting where you are, even if it’s not where you would like to be. If you are making an effort to improve yourself every day, that is enough to feel proud of. Accept yourself without having achieved perfection. It will give you the encouragement to keep going.
Overloading yourself with tasks in an effort to soothe the self imposed guilt that you feel about not being productive enough will only lead to depression, anxiety, and burnout. Ask yourself: What do I absolutely need to get done today? What tasks can I move to another day? How can I organize my tasks in a way that is achievable for me?
You are not a machine, and even if you were, you would require maintenance. Taking care of yourself is more than just eating, sleeping, and brushing your teeth. It requires an investment of time, effort, or money into your own happiness. This can look like taking an epsom salt bath, eating an exciting meal, or pursuing a beloved hobby. Even if you don’t have the time to do something extravagant, you can still dedicate thirty minutes to your own joy every day. Novelty is vital to your mental health, and you will thank yourself later.
It’s worth it to dedicate yourself to yourself. If you want to learn how, it behooves you to book a session with one of the many skilled practitioners in our practice. Click here to send our office manager, Alli, a message and she will get you matched up to a right-fit therapist.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4622″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Alli Cravener is a social media coordinator and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University and has found her niche uniting concept and content in the realm of mental health and the expressive arts. Alli’s interests include painting, history, learning about other people, and wearing the color pink. She likens herself to a “mouse in a palm tree”, and she loves it that way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
April 28, 2022
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