It could be any typical day when the signs start to show up.
I could be getting myself ready for work when all the sudden I feel overwhelmed. The dishes are piling up, my clothes weren’t ironed, I can’t find my keys and when I finally find a moment for myself, I have the world blowing up my phone.
I can’t seem to catch a break and suddenly my internal dialogue becomes a long series of uuuuggggghhhhh while I feel my blood pressure and adrenaline rising.
This is my body screaming out for help because I need some “me” time.
It can be easy to get caught up in a cycle of constantly doing things for other people. However, it’s essential to make sure we are taking care of ourselves, too.
Sometimes that means stepping away from it all to spend some time on your own.
You see, by not giving ourselves time to recharge, we run the risk of emotional and physical burn out and as you may know that burn out could be costly.
Below is a list of three ways my mind and body signal that I am well overdue for some time on my own.
1. Overwhelmed by the little things
Usually, I am very capable at juggling multiple responsibilities while keeping calm. However, sometimes I find myself getting easily overwhelmed even by the smallest of things.
Maybe I find myself getting upset over all the email notifications that are coming through and become emotionally paralyzed trying to play catch up. Or I realize after leaving the office to head home I have to stop at the store to pick up a few more items for dinner tonight and burst into a bad attitude.
Anytime I notice that I am no longer able to roll with the punches and am instead stopped by them, it’s a good indicator to myself that I’ve got to much on my plate and I need to take a step back and find time to take care of myself.
2. Snapping at those you love
I pride myself on generally staying cool, calm, and collective. So when little things like my neighbor’s dog begins to bark while I am working from home gets under my skin, or when I get frustrated by my partner asking me a question, I know something is up.
When I find myself getting snappy with my loved ones, I’ll put myself in what I like to call “adult timeout.” This is reserved for when I realize that I have reached my limit and really need to take a few minutes for myself.
For me, I’ll go for a walk if the weather permits it or I will often go into the bedroom and close my eyes and take some deep breaths to allow myself to calm down.
3. I find myself wanting to spend more time in the cookie jar
I have learned over the years that I am an emotional eater. So, when I find myself suddenly craving all the sugary snacks in the house, it’s a good reminder to check in with myself and see what’s going on.
Generally, if I find myself reaching for the cookie jar, it’s because I’m seeking an escape through my taste buds.
By noticing my desire to emotionally eat at times and check in with myself, I can determine whether it’s the food I want or something else.
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Knowing the signs helps me take control of my well-being and overall happiness I experience.
All three of these signs have been good indicators for me that I’m not taking care of myself the way I need to. When I do begin to recognize these things, I can check in with myself and implement my various self-care practices.