This is Part 10 in a 10-part series on Taking Care of Yourself
We’ve talked a lot over the last several weeks about why self-care is good for you and how to do it. So, in this final installment of the series, let’s look at what happens if you don’t take care of yourself.
It is important to note that being too productive can cause both short term and long-term negative effects on your body, mind, and even the people around you. It might seem like working hard is a good thing because you are being productive but if you take it too far you can cause some serious damage that may take a long time to reverse if it can be reversed at all.
Here are eight major warning signs that could mean you’re not taking as good care of yourself as you should be.
Feeling Like You’re Not Good Enough
If you ever feel like you are not good enough to do something or just look and feel horrible all the time, then you are experiencing low self-esteem. Everyone is good enough and shouldn’t feel this way. If you feel this way even after trying to work on it yourself for a few weeks you may need to seek out a counselor or even a life coach for assistance.
Your Relationships Are Suffering
Negativity, low self-esteem, and feeling fatigue can wreak havoc on relationships. All these symptoms of self-neglect can lead you to believe that no one cares about you. The truth is, if you don’t care enough about yourself to take care of yourself it’s going to be hard to have good relationships.
Nothing is Your Fault
Have you noticed more fights with friends, family members, and maybe even co-workers? Sometimes when people neglect their self-care they feel like the world is against them and its everyone else’s fault but theirs. The truth is you are the only one responsible for your happiness. That’s a hard lesson to learn but it’s a fact.
Feelings of Extreme Fatigue/Insomnia
Do you feel like no matter how much sleep you are getting you still feel tired? Maybe you are tossing and turning and can’t sleep at all. Your body is trying to tell you something is wrong so pay attention and get it checked out. Sleep disorders can lead to more serious health problems. Talk to your doctor or health care practitioner.
Your Personal Hygiene Needs Help
When you overwork yourself too much, more than likely your hygiene is lacking. You are too tired and skip the shower before bed time and wake up too late to get in a shower before work. You might not schedule in enough time to get the laundry done efficiently. Anything can add up over time without notice. Often when people don’t feel good about themselves they also feel like it’s not important to keep up with it because it doesn’t help them anyway. Read the book The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.
You Feel Like You’re In a Mental Fog
Mental fog is a combination of confusion, forgetfulness, and lack of focus. It is mostly associated with a poor diet of high sugar foods and drinks and unhealthy chemicals. If you’re experiencing this try going on a whole food diet eliminating sugar and starches and processed food. But, prolonged mental fogginess can also signal serious health problems, so if it lasts more than a day or two, make sure you see your health care provider.
You’re Using Addictive Substances
More times than not when people are running a schedule that doesn’t include breaks or enough sleep they turn to drugs, medications, food and drink that lead to addictions. Coffee, cigarettes, caffeine pills, high-sugar foods, and energy drinks are all examples. These addictions can take years to reverse and each has their own negative side effects.
You’re Gaining Weight
High sugar drinks like coffee at the donut shop or fast food on your way home to cut your cooking time can lead to weight gain. People who are on busy schedules typically forget to eat and resort to whatever is closest to them and usually it is not a great choice. They also neglect exercise. Weight gain can lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.
The lesson here is to pay attention to your body. It will tell you when you need to slow down and take better care of yourself. As the other articles in this series have pointed out, self-care doesn’t need to cost a ton of money, nor does it have to take a lot of time. Take a minute or two every day to listen to your body, and create a self-care practice that works for you and keeps you at your best physically, mentally, and spiritually.
This is Part 10 of a 10-part series on Taking Care of Yourself
- Part 1 – How do you define self-care?
- Part 2 – 3 reasons why it’s important to take care of yourself
- Part 3 – 8 Simple Tips and Ideas for Taking Care of Yourself
- Part 4 – 7 Ways Self-Care Can Improve Your Attitude
- Part 5 – Do you have a Self-Care Survival Kit?
- Part 6 – Scheduling Time for Self-Care
- Part 7 – Self-care is NOT Selfish
- Part 8 – 10 Easy Ideas for Daily Self-Care
- Part 9 – A Dozen Self-Care Ideas that Won’t Cost a Dime
- Part 10 – What happens when you don’t take care of yourself
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