Wellness Wednesday

9/15/2021~Self-Care ReBoot

It May Be Time To Reboot Your Self-Care If You Are...

Easily Irritated

If you are usually a pretty easy-going, calm person and you find yourself sniping and snapping at those around you, it may be time to take a step back and REBOOT!

  • When a person is irritable, their stress hormones surge into action and they enter into a fight-or-flight mentality.
  • Irritability can lead one to snap, bark, and chastise those around them.
  • Addressing the source of irritation and checking the amount of one's caffeine and alcohol consumption are two ways to combat irritability.

Ways to Combat Irritability

  • Figure out the source
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol
  • Be compassionate with yourself
  • Get quiet or alone time
  • Exercise

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Feeling Inadequate (Imposter Syndrome)

If you are normally very confident and sure of yourself and now find yourself feeling inadequate and unworthy, it may be time to take a step back and REBOOT!

Some of the common signs of imposter syndrome include:

  • Self-doubt
  • An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills
  • Attributing your success to external factors
  • Berating your performance
  • Fear that you won't live up to expectations
  • Overachieving
  • Sabotaging your own success
  • Setting very challenging goals and feeling disappointed when you fall short

How to cope with feeling inadequate and imposter syndrome

  • Positive self talk
  • Set positive reminders all around you
  • Surround yourself with positive and confident people
  • Avoid comparisons
  • Set small, achievable goals

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Socially Isolated

If you are isolating yourself from friends, family, or coworkers you were once close to, it may be time to step back and REBOOT!

The following symptoms associated with social isolation are warning signs of unhealthy social isolation:

  • Avoiding social interactions, including those that were once enjoyable
  • Canceling plans frequently and feeling relief when plans are canceled
  • Experiencing anxiety or panic when thinking about social interactions
  • Feeling distressed during periods of solitude
  • Feeling dread associated with social activities
  • Spending large amounts of time alone or with extremely limited contact with others

Individuals can lessen isolation’s negative effects by taking steps to address the challenges isolation presents:

  • Engage in relaxing activities. Exercise and stretching, reading, listening to music, meditation and prayer, journaling, and hobbies can help relieve stress that can be associated with isolation.
  • Follow a routine. Daily routines promote a sense of purpose and normalcy.
  • Maintain healthy habits. Eating well, getting enough sleep, and engaging in physical activity can promote better mental health.
  • Stay connected. If conditions limit in-person contact, phone calls, email, texting, social media platforms, and videoconferencing can be used to stay in touch.

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Dealing with Insomnia

If you are having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or you are waking up feeling tired, it may be time to step back and REBOOT!

Chronic insomnia may cause:

  • Difficulty falling asleep and/or waking up in the middle of the night.
  • Difficulty returning to sleep.
  • Feeling tired/fatigued during the daytime.
  • Irritability or depressed mood.
  • Problems with concentration or memory.

How can I prevent insomnia?

Lifestyle changes and improvements to your bedtime routine and bedroom setup can often help you sleep better:

  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bed.
  • Be physically active during the day, outside if possible.
  • Cut back on caffeine, including coffee, sodas, and chocolate, throughout the day and especially at night.
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day, including weekends.
  • Put away smartphones, TVs, laptops, or other screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Turn your bedroom into a dark, quiet, cool sanctuary.
  • Unwind with soothing music, a good book, or meditation.

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If you do not make time for yourself, your responsibilities will take time from you. ~unknown

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