I guess I fell into a hole again.
This post has been in my queue to write up since January. I thought I would write it up not long after my trip to California. Then March happened, bringing with it a relapse of the fatigue I had last fall. It took all my energy just to get through my workdays, much less doing anything else. As it stands now, my energy is still not up to its normal levels, but I think part of that is dealing with a heavy dose of allergy issues during the past week.
However, if there is one plus to this happening, it’s that I have come to appreciate my personal philosophy of self-care even more. If it weren’t for that, and I had instead been pushing myself past my limits, I shudder to think of the possible state of my health now.
I strongly advocate for everyone to take good care of themselves, to know what their weaknesses are (for example, a big one for me is respiratory trouble), how to care for them, and overall nurturing. Self-care isn’t simply a maintenance of physical health, it’s about caring for your whole self. This also requires listening to your body, to have that awareness to know when something is out of whack. I’ve been practicing this for a long time. When I was younger, I got sick very often, and came to learn what feelings would precede a malady. If you want to do this for yourself, just start observing how you feel today. Keep taking notice. Don’t berate yourself if you forget for a while. Eventually it will become second nature.
Soli’s guide to self-care and respecting your body’s needs:
1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP!
If you’re a member of my Facebook group, you will recall that for a few weeks, I had a daily challenge/reminder to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. This is usually what I manage during the week, because I purposely wake up early and can’t get into bed any earlier than 10 most nights.
What the the necessities which need to be done in your life? Put your energy to those things. Take care of them, and when those things are done, you can think about working on the non-essentials.
3. Find assistance
One of my biggest issues. I am terrible at asking for help when I need it. Though now I will tell people around me (like co-workers) that I am running low energy or tired.
4. Be willing to say no to things
Another one which is an issue for me. This technically falls under the prioritize tag. If it’s something you need to do, do your best. If it’s voluntary, think about it very hard.
5. Take some time for yourself
The epitome of self-care. Even if you have kids to care for, try to find someone (partner, your parents, etc.) to take the kids for a while if you need a break. Do something nice for yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or even involve leaving the house. Take time out to give yourself a pedicure, or just find a quiet room in which to sit for a while. Let it be a time for you to recharge.
One thing I missed dearly over the past month or so has been writing regularly. I have not even been able to manage personal journaling up until recently. Writing is a bit of an addiction now, and it feels good to return. I’m not going to push myself too hard, but I am going to do my best to return here. There are some plans I want to implement as well. I hope to unveil them as the days get longer and warmer.
Do you know how to listen to your body? What do you do to care for yourself when you’re not feeling well?
Now start your week with the image of a lovely flower!
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