Updated: May 17, 2022
Are you someone who is constantly available to others, but never seems to have time for yourself? I see you. I was that person for many, many years of my life.
When you are in constant go, go, go mode, we often short circuit and shut down. That is the definition of burn-out in my book.
What you need to do is detox your mind every so often to allow some self-care in. Here are some great ways to do that:
Take a break from technology
The constant buzz of notifications, emails, and texts is exhausting. Your mind needs a break from time to time from the constant stream of work-related thoughts and social media posts that have you worrying about what everyone else is doing. In the tone of my mother, "Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Stay in your own lane!" I know it's hard, but trust me, you will be okay!
Here are some facts to help you cope with disconnecting... A recent study found that people who spend more than 11 hours per day on their phones are three times more likely to feel stressed than those who use their phones for less than four hours per day. It's no wonder we're all so exhausted!
That being said, take some time off by turning off your phone, unplugging from social media and technology in general (or at least taking breaks throughout the day), and going offline for a few days if possible. You'll thank me later!
I know, I can see the eyes rolling already, but exercise is one of the best ways to keep to detox your mind.
Exercise will help you sleep better and feel better about yourself. It can also help with depression and anxiety, two common mental health conditions that are often linked with feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
You'll also feel more positive after exercising because endorphins—the chemical components in your brain that make us feel happy—are released during physical activity.
Endorphins are often called "the brain's pills," so they're basically like a natural high! When you're feeling down on yourself or stressed about work, it can be easy to get stuck in negative thought patterns without even realizing it. But getting up off the couch and working out will give you an energy boost that could help clear out those bad thoughts from your mind for good!
Read for fun
If you're anything like me, when someone asks you about your reading list you spout off all of these self-development and how-to books. Those are not the books I am asking you to read here. Kudos for wanting to continue to work on you through books thought.. I want you to find some fun books to read. Something that will keep your attention and make you feel good at the same time. Your guilty pleasure if you will.
Do this often. Sneak in a quick romance, comedy, or mystery if that raises your spirits in between all of the non-fiction knowledge you are devouring. I promise you it will make a difference to take your mind off of fixing yourself and just enjoying the story.
Which of these suggestions are you going to start with first?