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If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering if you need to start a self care routine. The short answer….probably yes!
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether or not you’re in a good place in life. You might feel as though you’re not doing very bad but you’re not quite good, either (aka “meh” or “blah”), leaving you feeling like you’re in limbo a bit and not your normal self.
Once you’re in this phase, you might start to feel some of the more negative effects of not taking care of yourself, which you might interpret as something that will simply come to pass and go away by itself. But, in reality, it might be the wake-up call that you need to make some lifestyle changes.
Here are 4 signs that you need to start a self-care routine
1.Insomnia: One more serious effect you might see is insomnia. Insomnia is when you find it difficult or impossible to fall asleep, causing you to be up late for hours and dozing off from time to time during the day.
If this only occurs once or twice, it’s probably not a big issue. But if it becomes a consistent problem, it can mean you’re suffering from insomnia. This can be brought on by stress, diet, and a number of other life stressors that are solvable with self-care routines.
2. Weight Fluctuations: Another sign you might notice is a fluctuation in weight. This can either be a sudden gain or a sudden loss in weight. Some women miss this sign because they are trying to lose weight but unless you’re dieting and exercising a lot, you probably should not be experiencing weight fluctuations. Sudden weight fluctuations can be caused by both mental and physical issues, and often are connected with an emotional upset causing a change in diet. For example, if you find yourself feeling really sad and stop eating, you’d likely suddenly lose a lot of weight.
3. Other body symptoms such as aches and pain and inflammation can also be brought on by poor self-care. For many women, stress can actually lead to feeling aches and pains. The mental stress literally goes into your body. And, as we all know, stress can lower your immune system and leave you more open to inflammation, which can lead eyou feeling off or even in pain.
4. Mood Swings: Finally, mood swings are a tell-tale sign of needing help. Sudden changes in attitude and demeanor should be a sign to you that something is off. They could also be symptoms of a mental health issue, a monthly pre-menstrual cycle, or other issues. So just be on the look out, especially in times of high stress or anxiety. If you find yourself lashing out at people, or feeling “stressed,” then it’s probably time to start a self-care routine.
If you have a favorite thing you like to do as part of your self care routine, please share with the readers below.