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As a mom,wife or partner, it can be easy to get caught up in a cycle of constantly doing things for other people. However, taking care of ourselves is essential too. This means stepping away from it all to spend some time by yourself, “called me time.”

Emotionally and physically we can burn ourselves out by not taking “me time.”

Here are some warning signs to look out for when your feeling overwhelmed about everything and changes you can make to ensure you taking care of yourself.

Nothing sounds fun anymore

One of the earliest indicators that you need some time to yourself is when things just don’t sound enjoyable.when you find yourself complaining internally about being bored or procrastinating and It’s as if your spirit needs to recharge before it can take on anything that involves expending creative energy.

This is when you call “me time” it can be as simple as going to the mall and browsing for an hour or going to the salon to get your hair and nails done. whatever you think is relaxing just getting away for everything you would do on a normal day.

2. When you find yourself wanting to eat ALL the things

Some women are emotional eaters, they find themselves reaching for chips or chocolate, it’s a way of seeking an escape through taste buds.So, when you find yourself suddenly craving all the snacks in the house, it’s a good reminder to check what’s going on internally.

Sometimes acknowledge that your stressed and running a hot bath, taking a book and snacks will help . Or ask yourself what is It I actually need. Sometimes it’s not the snacks but rather a glass of water and some quiet time that helps.

3. Overwhelmed by the little things

Sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the smallest things are ways “me time” calls. Doing the shopping , cleaning, cooking , and picking up the children from school can all get you feeling like it’s too much to handle but when you notice this, it’s a good idea to break away for that self care time.

Giving yourself a firm reality check. Is this situation really the end of the world?

Finding out if your basic needs are met. Are you hungry? Doyou need to drink some water? Would you feel better if you relax a little by down for a few minutes?

Reaching out for help. For example, ask your partner to pick up the kids while they’re out.

By trying to take some of those little things off your plate, you will regain some time to yourself to properly relax and recharge.

4. When you start snapping at loved ones

When the little noises your children makes gets under your skin, or when you get frustrated by your partner asking a question, know something is up.

When you realizes you’ve reached your limit and getting frustrated about this kind of things it would better for you and your love ones if you would take a break and get some alone time even if its just for a few minutes.

When you eventually ready to interact with people again, go back and apologize for snapping. Let your children or partner know what was going on, and, if necessary, let them know if there’s something you might need.

5. Hiding in the bedroom

If you find yourself locked up in the bathroom or bedroom for more then one occasion because you just wanted a few moments of quiet. This act of actually removing yourself from your family is your body’s way of telling you that you really need more alone time — and not just in your bathroom or bedroom for five minutes! 

Pull out you daily planner and look for some time to schedule lunch with just yourself. Talk to your partner about a good time for you to get away for a few days and schedule an overnight get away.

If you going away, make sure you get plenty of rest and relaxation, so, when you get back home you will be mentally and physically ready for all your day to day activities.

Knowing all of these signs will give you a good indication when your not taking care of yourself the way you need to. When you do begin to feel these things, you can check these few self-care practices and while everyone’s indicators may vary, knowing what they are — and what works best to alleviate them — will help you take care of yourself.