I teach self care. My job is to help women navigate burnout, how to move away from survival mode and move into a space of thriving. But, what kind of teacher would I be if I didn’t listen to my own advice?
I recently launched my Better Me. Better Mom. Self Care Challenges. I saw a need for women and thankfully was able to fill it with this in-depth challenge. It has been life changing.
There were many women that were not able to join in time and so I opened the doors to a self care challenge back to back to start in February. As much as I wanted to believe I could totally make it happen in advance, I started to feel the pressure, the exhaustion and the non stop pace I was setting myself up for.
That’s not what I am about. That is not what I believe nor is that what I teach.
So I realized it was time to practice what I preach and say no. Say no to something I really wanted to believe I could do and say yes to rest, resetting myself, and gearing up for our next challenge in May.
I want to be able to give my highest self to YOU, to my kids and to my husband. And I cannot do that when I am burnt out myself.
So I changed things up! I decided to nix the February Self Care Challenge and really dive deep into refilling myself back up so that I am ready to teach again in May when the Self Care Challenge comes around again!
Will it disappoint some people? -Probably. But what good am I if I am burnt out and empty?
So how can you recognize burnout so that you can make better decisions for yourself? Whether that be in motherhood, your job, your business, your church or anything else you do.
Here are some signs that you might be headed for burnout and you need to rethink what you are doing and re-establish some better self care habits.
inability to concentrate
a sense of feeling overwhelmed
unable to make decisions
a short temper
negative self talk
decreased desire to socialize
Now while a lot of those typically go hand in hand with motherhood, I want to challenge you to fight back. Rethink things. Strategize. Change your mind. Move things around.
You have choices. And those choices matter.