It would be best if you took care of yourself before you can take care of someone else. Doing so can be ensuring you are in a good headspace to pour into someone else’s life. Remember it is OK to take a break!
This topic has been on my mind for some weeks now. While having a girl chat with a best friend of mine, we discussed the importance of taking care of ourselves so that we can be well for others: MORE SELF CARE.
At one point, I felt myself getting burned out and needed to refill. I enjoy writing, developing content, interviewing, and anything that inspires others to follow their dreams so, I had to take time to fill up my cup. Giving my best self to my readers and my team is critical. My work requires me to interact with people every day/all day; I needed to be sure that I was well enough to lead my team with a clear mind and write with a sound mind, so I took a few weeks off work and writing.
I took three weeks off from posting on “I Journi Blog,” and I took two vacation weeks off from my full-time job, all within two months of each other. Believe it or not, but during those vacation weeks, I did not leave the country or travel too far away from the east coast. This time around was all about taking care of my health mentally, physically, and emotionally
A few methods that helped me to refill my cup:
- I was changing up my eating habits! Somewhere within the past year, I started eating more fast food, especially during my lunch break and breakfast. At one point, I was good about meal prepping and making sure I gave myself enough time to prepare and eat breakfast before starting my day. During my entire rejuvenating stage, I forced myself to grocery shop more and prepared meals, and buy my fruits and vegetables to snack on throughout the day. It felt good to eat healthier and be prepared for the day with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- I am jumping back into running! I am slowly easing back into running my 3 miles each time I go for a run. North Carolina has so many fantastic nature parks and trails for me to take advantage of. Running started being my stress reliever when I was in high school, and it continues to be. It’s almost like a fast adrenaline rush! Now and then, I slack but, I push myself to keep going. If I don’t feel like running, I go for a walk. You have to keep moving because a clear mind gives you a different point of view than a crowded and cloudy mind.
- Visit home more. I realized I enjoy being home in South Carolina for the beach, family, and friends. When visiting South Carolina, I am surrounded by several individuals who keep me motivated and push me towards my life aspirations. I enjoy hanging out with my day one friends and spending time with my nieces, nephews, and little cousins; they are all growing up so fast, and I’m trying not to miss too much.
- Get More Sleep! During my time off, I slept more and did not set an alarm clock. For someone who works in the corporate world, my workday is scheduled and planned for me. During my time off, I enjoyed not waking up to an alarm clock. Without an alarm set, my body naturally wakes up between 8 am, and 9 am. Plus, more hours of sleep tends to help me function better during the day! Lack of sleep tends to affect one’s mood and harm the body!
Sometimes things can become stressful and overwhelming when we are constantly on the go with no breaks. For someone who is leading, inspiring, and developing others, self-care is essential. Sometimes those who are strong for others do not like to show any signs of weakness; however, holding things in can be overwhelming at times and will eventually cause a breakdown. To avoid the adverse effects of stress, it is always best to find and make time for yourself.