It feels like it’s been forever since I posted here, although it’s only been a week! I sure am missing this little blogging community! Last week was a big one at work, and it reminded me how important it is to focus on self-care. I’m an introvert for sure, and had to spend a lot of time public speaking and around lots of people last week. This extra extrovert-style time caused me to feel really exhausted. It reminded me of how critical it is to protect my own energy, as well as find balance in giving myself what I need.
I truly believe that the more we are able to give ourselves what we need, the more we can show up for the people and things we are doing in our lives. Since I am such an introvert, but tend to enjoy extrovert jobs, it means that I have to take a lot of down time or personal time to recharge. It’s something that I recognize in myself. Sometimes I find myself getting stuck in the comparison trap of looking to those who don’t need so much recovery time, those who socialize constantly with ease, and it can cause me to feel pretty jealous. In those movements, it’s so critical to know that I have different energetic needs than other people. Some people need to be around lots of people in order to get their energy, I am the opposite. Once you recognize which category you fall into, you can stop the comparison to others and instead just focus on giving yourself what you need to reenergize and feel good.
It can be kind of tricky to figure out what things actually help you recharge, vs. what things you think are supposed to help you recharge–or at least that is how it has been for me. To get more clear, take a minute to write down 5-10 things that bring you the most please. Then make a least of the things that you spend the majority of your time doing. Next to each thing that takes up the most of your time, write a number 1-10 of how much that thing brings you joy (1 being least, 10 being greatest). Think about how you can incorporate or make things that bring you joy, or reenergizes you so that your days can be more balanced. Of course, it can also be eye-opening to notice if there is anything that takes up a lot of your time (like social media), and how you can limit your time engaging in those habits.
For me, things that taking time to journal and meditate, taking a walk, or even just taking the time to sleep in late one morning all are acts of self-care. I also like to have time to read (something just for fun!) or just be alone, so sometimes just a few minutes reading a book can be really recharging.
Since January, I’ve been working on developing healthier habits that can bring more joy and productivity to my life (you can read more about that here). I think self-care is for sure at the top of that list of how to improve both your health, as well as your productivity. This week, try and incorporate one act of self-care each day. See how that effects your energy, productivity, and joy this week.
How do you incorporate self-care into your every-day life?
I’d love to hear in the comments below!