“We belong to a world where self care is almost unnoticed. We’re taught to think less of ourselves. Our hearts are the first thing to be sacrificed in a busy day. We get that. Life happens. But we want more for ourselves, and for you.”
For the last two years, I have put myself on the bottom of the list. I am caring for every one and everything other than myself. This lack of self care plugged me into not feeling well. In March of 2012, I was tired all the time, I was easily irritated by the smallest things, I was always hungry, I didn’t sleep well, and I suffered from extreme muscle cramps in my legs. I was miserable. I knew something was not right. In seeking medical care, I discovered that I was suffering from adrenal fatigue. There are several stages to adrenal fatigue—mild, moderate, and severe. I was at the level of moderate with a slight bend toward severe. As I researched more about this, I realized that combating it had to do with self-care. Self-care was the last thing on my radar; however, I knew that if I wanted to feel better, I needed to start taking better care of myself.
If you are wondering if you suffer from adrenal fatigue, I want to tell you that you probably do a little bit. Adrenal fatigue is the result of stress and we ALL have some type of stress in our lives. One of my favorite resources for learning more about adrenal fatigue is www.adrenalfatigue.org. They have a quick survey that helps you to determine if you suffer from adrenal fatigue. You can take it here.
Whether you do or don’t have adrenal issues, these tips will help you to start taking better care of yourself—which we all need to do a better job of. These are all things I started implementing into my life.
Tips to Self-Care:
- Start saying “no”
- Look at what is on your to do list and list of commitments and let go of anything that does not bring you joy
- Take time to breathe daily—even if for 2 minutes
- Go for a walk or practice yoga daily (even 10 minutes counts)
- Create one day of rest each week
- Sleep as much as you can
- Think back to a time when you felt good about life and then list those things that you were doing during that time (for example: I used to love to hike, read, paint, write poems), once you have your list, start to implement one of those things back into your life
- Go on dates with yourself
- Go on dates with your significant other or kids
- Unplug from your phone and computer (in our house we implemented a “phone free zone” during dinner, so if you call me during that time, you will get my voicemail)
- Take a daily nap
- Go to bed before 10:30 pm
If you struggle with adrenal fatigue, I would love to hear how you started to take better care of yourself. I will be posting additional blogs about adrenal fatigue in the future for those who want to dig a little deeper into how to bring lasting healing to your adrenal system.