In your twenties there is so much pressure to achieve certain milestones. It is very easy to get into a habit of overworking yourself.
We live in a world that is constantly switched on with the likes of social media and easy access to emails on your phone, which makes it is almost impossible to unwind. Despite common misconceptions, millennials are often workaholics.
As great as it is to have a good work ethic, it is important to know when to take a break and to have a good work-life balance.
Whether you are studying for exams or working in a hectic job, taking a self-care day can be much more productive than pushing yourself to keep going when you are feeling run down.
The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out and be unable to achieve your goal. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to several mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Just as you would take some time to care for yourself if you had a physical illness; it is essential to do the same for your mental wellbeing.
You are more likely to complete your to-do list after getting your batteries recharged and feeling well rested.
Common signs that you need to take a break include finding it hard to focus on anything, becoming irritable, struggling to get a good night’s sleep and constantly feeling overwhelmed.
If you are giving yourself too much to do, you might also find yourself constantly being late for your hectic schedule. If you can’t remember the last time you took a ‘me-day’ it has been too long.
Due to the pressures a lot of us face, it can feel like you are unable to take a break because you have too many responsibilities. You may feel like you have too many chores, a huge pile of work waiting for you at your desk and too many people counting on you.
Whatever it is that keeps you busy, taking just one day for yourself can do wonders and help you return to your duties full of life and energy.
Sometimes a self-care day could just be as simple as having some ‘me-time’ and switching your phone off, treating yourself to some comfort food and watching a marathon of Friends episodes.
You might prefer a day of shopping, followed by reading your favourite book in the bath with a glass of bubbly.
When your mind is racing with a long list of errands it can be hard to switch off, even just for a day but if this is you, something more active like going for a run or doing a yoga class could be a better option to clear your thoughts.
Activities such as meditation, baking and painting are also great stress relievers.
Whatever it is that you do to relax, make sure you are doing it regularly enough so that you can unwind. You would be surprised at how much having a break from your problems for just one day can do.
TELL US IN THE COMMENTS WHAT YOU DO ON YOUR SELF CARE DAYS