Dear queens, you know we are big on self care in this community but are we doing it well? Are we making self care mistakes we shouldn't make? Well, I'd like to help you all and that is why I am sharing these 5 self care mistakes you may not be aware of.
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Be Sure To Avoid These Top Self Care Mistakes
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Introducing self-care into your routine isn’t always easy. This is because establishing what is and what isn’t self-care can be challenging.
Some things which seem like they’re self-care activities can actually prove to be more harmful to your health and wellbeing.
There are a lot of mistakes you can make when trying to add self-care into your routine.
Here, you’ll discover some of the most common self care mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Overdoing Retail Therapy
One step to taking care of yourself, is ensuring you look and feel good. Treating yourself every now and again is crucial in terms of practicing self-care. However, it’s easy to take retail therapy a little too far.
While you do want to allow yourself the odd treat, it’s important not to throw caution to the wind and max out your credit cards. This isn’t going to help in your long-term happiness. In fact, it’s going to leave you feeling stressed, guilty and land you in real financial difficulties.
So, limit your spending and allow yourself one treat a month. Self-care is all about finding the perfect balance between treating yourself and maintaining your responsibilities.
Trying Too Much Too soon
When you’re first starting out with self-care, it’s easy to try and focus on too much too soon. For example, you may want or need to change numerous aspects of your life. Your initial motivation to make positive changes in your life can tempt you to take on too many activities.
The trouble with trying too much too soon, is that you’ll struggle to maintain it. It can become overwhelming if you try and start with too many daily activities.
So, it’s best to stick to choosing just one self-care activity at a time. Once you’ve mastered that, you can move on to the next activity.
Overindulging In Treats
Similar to overdoing it with the retail therapy, you’ll also want to avoid overindulging in treats. Don’t use food as a reward for your self-care routine. This will only leave you feeling bad, and potentially contribute to weight gain.
So, allow yourself the odd treat, but resolve to eat a healthy balanced diet the majority of the time.
For me, I tend to not buy stuff like chocolates and ice cream in my apartment. It is my own way of avoiding temptation because I am an emotional eater.
So I avoid having anything in the house that will make me overindulge and I have mastered the art of also avoiding them outside my home.
Relying Upon Alcohol to Unwind
There’s just something about relaxing with a glass of wine in the evenings that can be hard to resist. It helps you to unwind, forget about your troubles and gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling. However, relying upon alcohol to help you relax is a bad idea.
Drinking in the evenings can contribute towards poor sleep. It can also leave you feeling groggy the next day. While a little alcohol each week is perfectly fine for the health, it’s important to limit your consumption and not rely on it to unwind.
I personally do not have a head for drink so generally avoid it. I would be who is known as a social drinker but even at that, I still don't.
So take it easy on the alcohol, queens!
Related: My Views On Alcohol And Drugs
Not Being Consistent
One of the most common mistakes you can make with your self-care routine, is not keeping it consistent.
When you’re first starting to introduce self-care into your routine, it’s easy to keep it up for a few days. However, then life happens and all of a sudden, you’ve skipped a day, and then another. Before you know it, you’ve stopped your self-care routine completely.
Self-care does require a level of dedication. You need to commit to practicing it every single day. There are so many different self-care activities you can do, so finding some that fit in with your lifestyle should be easy.
These are some of the most common self-care mistakes you can fall into. Ensuring you don’t overindulge in any self-care activity is one of the most important tips you can follow. It’s important to ensure that your self-care routine doesn’t interfere with your daily responsibilities. Are you making these mistakes? How are you avoiding them? Hit me up in comments, queens.