How to take care of yourself
I feel myself always getting into a funk. With everything that I am doing in college and work I don't have time for myself or to spend time with others. What are some things you do to take care of yourself and not feel guilty about it? #sad
CHRONIC FATIGUE – In the early stages, you may feel a lack of energy and feel tired most days. In the latter stages, you feel physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and depleted, and you may feel a sense of dread about what lies ahead on any given day.
INSOMNIA – In the early stages, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep one or two nights a week. In the latter stages, insomnia may turn into a persistent, nightly ordeal; as exhausted as you are, you can't sleep.
LOSS OF APPETITE – In the early stages, you may not feel hungry and may skip a few meals. In the latter stages, you may lose your appetite altogether and begin to lose a significant amount of weight.
ANXIETY – Early on, you may experience mild symptoms of tension, worry, and edginess. As you move closer to burnout, the anxiety may become so serious that it interferes with your ability to work productively and may cause problems in your personal life.
Melody if you start recognizing some of the symptoms above in yourself, it’s time to make changes before you experience full-blown academic burnout. Also, if you have a heavy semester or degree coming up, you may be worried about getting burnt out and looking to prevent it from the start. Good for you! There are many easy ways you can change your habits and lifestyle to prevent burnout in school.
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John recommends the following next steps:
I think it is normal to feel that way during this pandemic. I also feel it is getting hard to take good care of myself but I consciously keep trying something new to get some inspiration for doing my work. Here are somethings that I do:
-Walking around the apartment (5 laps, this takes about 40 minutes, I have been doing this everyday) - This helps me relieve some stress and feel better for the day. Staying inside all day makes me feel sluggish and tired. It is always nice to get some fresh air.
-Water painting (during the weekend) - Instead of watching shows / phone, I started water-painting and it's been fun and given me some confidence that I can create artwork.
-Actively engaging in conversations - During a meeting or conversation with peers, I try to actively listen and focus on what they are saying. In this way, I could have more questions and have productive meetings with the team.
I hope this helps!
As a last note, I don't think guilt should be felt for setting time to yourself and your needs because all human beings need time for themselves. A happy and health you will help in making everything easier!
I wish you the best!
Some of my favorite self-care practices are:
-mediating (headspace or calm is a great free app for this)
-going on a walk & listening to your favorite playlist or podcast
-having an at home spa night
-cooking or baking a meal
Good luck with everything. You got this!