Do you know when you are not taking good care of yourself? Well-being expert Tchiki Davis, Ph.D. suggests that it is vital that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually every day. Dr. Davis says it can be difficult to engage in self care especially because life can often become very busy. However, it is important to find time to invest in ourselves.
We sometimes may feel like we are just fine when we can in fact be in denial of what is really going on. There are plenty of signs that are unmistakable that can warn us when we are neglecting ourselves. It is essential we look out for these warning signs and address the issues.
5 Signs You Don’t Take Good Care of Yourself
1. Frequent and Varied Illnesses
Everyone gets ill from time to time and realistically, unless someone has a chronic disorder, they should enjoy good health more often than bad. Constantly catching colds, viruses or suffering from avoidable illnesses can be a sign you are not taking good care of yourself.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that regular exercise can help prevent illnesses such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke. A good diet and exercise keeps our body healthy and boosts our moods as well.
When we are taking care of our bodies, we have stronger immune systems and can often be more resilient to disease. If we eat a poor diet and do not get sufficient exercise, we can become depressed, overweight, and physically more prone to a wide range of illnesses.
2. We Can become Angry and Irritable
When we neglect our physical and mental health, we can often find our moods becoming unstable. If we become irritable without good reason this can be a sign of stress, anxiety, and depression. Irritability can be the result of a number of things from diet to lack of emotional self-care.
It is important that we take care of our physical, emotional, and mental health in order to try and regulate our moods. When we take good care of ourselves and prioritize our needs we can often respond to stressors in a more constructive and calm way.
3. You Reach for Stimulants or Depressants to Cope
According to American Addiction Centers, the use of certain substances may occur as a coping mechanism. Essentially, people may take drugs to help them get through emotional and physical problems and often this can be very unhealthy. These substances can range from dangerous narcotics to something as simple as caffeine.
If you find yourself relying on some form of stimulant or depressant in order to cope with your day-to-day life you may not be taking good care of yourself. This does not mean drinking coffee or the occasional alcoholic drink is bad, it’s when you are being excessive with these kinds of things there may be some issues.
4. Constant Fatigue
A very poignant indication that you are not taking care of yourself is constant fatigue. The Mayo Clinic suggests that substance abuse, over exertion, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and poor diet can all cause chronic fatigue. If you are feeling tired almost constantly this is a likely sign that you are not taking care of yourself as well as you should.
5. Chronic Stress and Worry
When we neglect our physical, mental, and emotional health we can often find ourselves struggling with our moods. When we feel physically unhealthy this can make us feel vulnerable, anxious, and depressed.
If we do not take care of our mental health we can also struggle with constant stress. So, if you can’t seem to break away from feelings of stress and concern you may be neglecting yourself in some way.
Self-Regulation, Physical Healing and Emotional Safety
It’s important to learn how to manage and let go of the emotions that no longer serve you may be affecting your health. As Accredited, Certified, Advanced EFT Practitioner Kathy Dugan explains, “When we practice EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) by tapping on the Meridian points we let go of the stuck emotions and suppressed traumas that eventually leads to pain.”
Kathy Dugan was a guest I interviewed on Wise Woman Wednesdays, and after clearing her own sciatica and trigger finger, she decided to get certified in EFT- Emotional Freedom Techniques to be able to help others as well, and has done so for the last decade.
In this interview she shared how meridian tapping safely moves emotions and clears issues so they don’t come back.
Kathy also revealed:
- How EFT-emotional freedom technique releases stuck emotions
- True accounts of healing sciatica, cancer and other health issues
- Trusting your inner authority
- The importance of tuning into your heart
- What it’s like to fully relax
- How to dissolve relationship issues
A demo of tapping away stress and overwhelm (about 10 minutes in) that you can follow along with too!
Known as, “The Soul Illuminator”, Jennifer Regular specializes in helping Thought Leaders, Creatives and Visionaries direct the life they live so they can create global impact, make the impossible possible, and fulfill their life mission. She is an International Speaker, Author of Embrace Your Power: A Healing Journal of Self-Discovery, and the Host of Wise Woman Wednesdays and the Wisdom Speakers & Seekers Podcast.