7 Signs You Need To Practice More Self-Care

“Self-care” has become a bit of buzzword much like “unicorn,” “paleo,” and “holographic.” You might have rolled your eyes when you heard all of the health addicts on your Insta preaching about it being the thing. I get where you’re coming from. It seems like all they do is jump from one green and clean wellness trend to the next. However, self-care actually isn’t a trend, and it’s something that everyone can use a bit, nay, a lot more of in their lives.

Self-care basically means that you need to take more care of yourself. That’s something that we can all do given our constantly on, never-have-enough-time-to-do-anything, unstable lives. Often, we can identify when other people need help and love, but we turn a blind eye to ourselves. It’s time that changed.

I want you to look out for yourself, girlfriend, because when you’re at your best, you’ll be able to help others. Here are seven signs you need to focus on more self-care.

You're Feeling Overwhelmed AF

When you start to think about the things you have to do, does it fell like your brain is going to explode? Or, do you wish that you could just curl up into a ball and have everything go away? If dread and worry seem to be two common emotions for you, it's time that you practice some self-care. No, it will not make you more overwhelmed. It should actually help you get perspective.

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You Find That You're Irritated Easily

Be honest: How irritated do you feel on a regular basis? Do small things seem to really bug you, like the way bae picks his/her nails or the way your teacher wrote in red pen on your homework? If you find yourself gritting your teeth or seething on the inside on a frequent basis, these are signs that you're getting to the end of your ropes. You need to take a step back and try to find the route of your problem. You could be easily annoyed because you're stressed about everything going on in your life so tiny things seem like mammoth things.

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Your Inner Critic Is Always On

Is the voice in your head positive or negative? If it's a mix of both, what one is it most of the time? If it's negative, that's a red flag that you need some self-care. If the voice in your head is always harping and everything seems to be a problem, it's likely you're getting to the point of exhaustion. You should talk to yourself the way you would talk to friends and family. If the voice in your head is bringing you down, you need to recharge and focus on some self-love.

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You Cannot Remember The Last Time You Did Nothing

Think about it. I want you to really think about it. Can you remember the last time that you just chilled at home or enjoyed the day? Have you ever even spent an afternoon, or even an hour, where you just lounged around and let your thoughts go anywhere? No, being on your phone the entire time doesn't count. If you're struggling to remember, it's a sign you need to take a step back.

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You Pride Yourself On Being Busy

Are you one of those people who loves a full to-do list because it makes you feel good? That's great that you have goals, ambitions, and projects, but doing too much, too often can actually hurt you. Not only can it impact your stress levels, it can also impact the quality of your projects. Recognize that you don't have to be busy 24/7 to be great or successful. The happiest, most fulfilled people are actually those who have balance.

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You Wish That You Didn't Have To Eat Or Sleep

Do you actually enjoy meal times or do you think that they're a big fat waste of time? If you have your way, do you scarf whatever you have on hand in five minutes while still working on a project? Similarly, do you wish that you never had to sleep? Do you constantly drink coffee to fuel you to keep going as long as possible? These are signs you're overdoing it and need to relax.

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You Have Difficulty Sleeping

Do you find that you're exhausted throughout the day, but when you finally crash into bed, you cannot sleep? Does your mind seem to be going a mile a minute and not even counting sheep will shut it off? When you do fall asleep, is it a deep, restful slumber? Do you have stress dreams or find yourself up in the middle of the night thinking about all you have to do? If all of this sounds familiar, you need to take some time out for yourself.

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How do you practice self-care? Let us know in the comments!

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