Anybody else feeling a little burnt out? Be it from the holidays or just life in general? With Christmas just behind us and New Years on the horizon I want to take some time out to remind you (and myself) about the importance of self-care.
Lately I’ve been feeling myself slipping. Stress from work combined with a bit of winter depression has been making me feel like a shell of myself. If you’ve been feeling this way too, don’t ignore it. This is our body’s way of asking for a little more attention focused inward.
The 24/7 Mentality
Working in the fashion industry and chronicling my life and experience via social media and this blog, I feel like I always have to be “on”. This is a kind of pressure that a lot of people feel but don’t normally talk about. Even if you’re in a different position than me, I’m sure many ambitious people can relate to this feeling. We have a lot of goals and every “wasted” moment feels like more time separating us from achieving our dreams.
Society also puts pressure on us to succeed and to do it fast. I recently read this article from Business Insider and while it was inspiring and there were some interesting takeaways, it was also a bit worrisome. The story of a 15 year old who works 130 hours a week is motivating but also feels a bit unrealistic. How can that be sustainable without filling your body with caffeine and other drugs? What role does self-care play in his life?
A Balanced Life
As much as we celebrate working, I think we need more bloggers and people with a platform to talk about the importance of rest and self-care. I remember a meeting I had with blogger friend Casie Stewart where we talked over drinks. She told me about how sometimes she’s blogged about how she doesn’t feel like blogging. How refreshing! Just because you have an enviable job doesn’t mean you can’t ever feel tired of it.
Another blogger friend, Meghan Yuri Young, recently wrote about some personal struggles that she’s been dealing with and her openness and vulnerability really touched me. There’s no shame in admitting that you haven’t been treating yourself right and are working on getting better.
When the people that inspire you open up about their shortcomings, it makes them a bit more human. So if I’ve inspired you in any way and things look so glossy and nice over here, please know that I too have my own ups and downs that I’m working on.
I’ve been super tired lately and I don’t know why. I didn’t get out of bed until around 2pm today. I’ve been having these chest pains lately that I think might be due to anxiety but I’m not completely sure. I don’t remember the last time I practiced self-care at all. So instead of just talking about it, I’m going to be about it. Tonight I’m going to have a soak in the bathtub with some eucalyptus and aloe epsom salts. Then I’m going to light my eucalyptus and spearmint stress-relieving candle.