Hello everyone. Clearly I have been gone for a long time. I took this semester of university off, as I had burn out and adrenal fatigue. Bring a University student, being in a relationship and having a part-time job on the side, taking care of my health and prioritizing it was not first on my list for a long time. I always focused on doing everything I can and living life to the fullest! As most would say. Being young is fun and there are so many opportunities that saying no is just so hard to do. But that all came crashing down on me and I got a harsh reality check. I quickly learned that self care is the number one priority, because without it, where will we have energy to do the things that we love to do? I will not exhaust this post with why and how all this has happened, but over the years of stressful situations in my academic and personal life, I was forced to come to a halt, as mentally and physically, I did not have the energy to continue on my day to day routine – as much as I wanted to. For more information on burn out and adrenal fatigue – you can find some articles online or youtube videos. But as much as I love fashion I realized that health comes first and if your body is not in balance, physically, mentally and emotionally, you cannot have the energy and power to bring yourself to do the things that you love everyday. Over the last 3 months, I had a lot of time to focus on myself and rest. I had a lot of time to think, and I will share with you all some things I did that helped me get my health back and feel back to my normal self. I am still not 100% there, but slowly, with patience, I can feel that I am progressing. Here are some simple self care tips that you can try that will for sure help you in your healing process of burn out or chronic fatigue.
- SLEEP – Go to sleep every night before no later than 10pm. Sleep in a clean, dark room, and ensure that the room temperature is just right. Turn off or remove all electronics from your room.
- DIET – HEALTHY fats are fantastic for your stress hormones and for your overall health. Eat nuts, avocados, coconut oil, butter, eggs and chicken. Lots of vegetables are also key in healing the body, as they consist of multiple vitamins and minerals that most processed foods do not have. Fruits are good as well, but overdoing it can be bad as they contain high amounts of sugar, therefore creating more stress to the body.
- TAKE EPSOM SALT BATH – baths are key in cleaning your body from toxins and they are great for the skin
- HYDRATION – Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so it’s essential to hydrate. I like to drink a cup of warm tea with lemon and honey in the morning as the lemon and honey are also beneficial to our bodies. Drinking milk or almond milk is also a good choice if you’re sick of drinking plain old water.
- CUT OUT STIMULANTS – Caffeine and sugar are the culprits; especially as a student. These are stimulants that may feel like they are best option in the moment, but in the long run they will cause your blood sugar to crash and exhaust you even more.
- MEDITATION – Meditation can be hard and there’s no one way to do it. Spend at least an hour a day letting go of social media, turning off all electronics and stepping outside. Even just sitting outside on your porch with a good book can help, or even just going for a nice 15 minute walk can do wonders.
Overall these are just some simple tips to help you disconnect and refuel your body. Doing this in the long term will help you feel much better. Hope this helps let me know what your favourite self care ideas are below..