I have to be honest: self-care was never an essential part of my lifestyle. I always felt that I did not need it, that I was always perfectly fine. As a busy person who was always on the go, I did not feel like I needed to slow down and reserve some time to replenish. Up until recently...
In my previous blog post (you can read it HERE )I explained the circumstances that made me realize that there are times in our lives when focusing on self-care is absolutely necessary for our physical and mental health. In the past few months, constantly stressing and worrying about my family made me feel fatigued, burnt out, and left me craving sweets. However, the most severe effect that this had was the toll it took on my sleep.
As my sleep quality was disastrous, I was constantly tired, barely dragging myself through the day. I was waking up frequently at night and had a hard time falling back asleep. Quite often, I was up for hours, just tossing and turning.
Since poor sleep was the most troublesome of all the symptoms I experienced, I knew it had to be addressed first if I was to establish a new and effective self-care routine. Here are a few practices that I introduced and have been implementing daily since then.
Those of you who have met me know that I am an optimistic person. I always look at the bright side of things and pick myself up quickly when I experience setbacks or when things don't work out ideally.
Unfortunately, there are difficult times and situations in our lives when we lose our energy, our motivation, and our optimism no matter how resilient and positive we are. The last few months proved to me that just like anybody else, I am not immune to stress. I am no superwoman!
Having my son hospitalized in one of Europe's coronavirus hotspots and worrying about the health of my 89-year-old Dad and my sisters (who also belong to the high-risk seniors category) took a heavy toll on me. I became anxious, started to have serious sleep issues, felt constantly fatigued and had no driving "juice" in me. None! What made this situation even worse was that I did not admit to myself that something was wrong with me.
How could anything be wrong with me? I am a holistic nutritionist, who eats healthy 80% of the time, who lives a healthy lifestyle, who is always calm and handles stress very well... Of course there is nothing wrong with me! I'm just a bit more tired than usual.