It’s that time of the year when your tired is tired, and fatigue is the order of the day. Even though time is rushing by, the days seem to stretch for ages. To add insult to injury, if you live in South Africa, we also have to manoeuvre through water and electricity shedding, petrol price hikes and the general cost of living forever going on the rise.
“Between working all day, eating on the run and having little time to relax, it’s normal to feel exhausted sometimes. However, always feeling worn-out isn’t healthy and can leave you less productive and less happy. That’s why it’s important to take some time out for yourself, especially towards the end of the year,” Clere skin care’s brand manager Su-Marie Annandale stated.
A long-time advocate and supporter of self-care, self-love, and strong, independent women, Clere understands time to yourself is a necessity. If you’re battling burnout, you may need to take some steps to recharge your battery. Annandale provides the following ideas.
Recharge your batteries
Your body is as healthy as your mind and soul. When you are stressed, it takes a physical toll on your body. Here are
Taking good care of your body can make it easier to recharge your mind. Being stressed can take a toll on your body. Help rejuvenate your body with the following activities:
1. Pamper yourself
Very few things come close to a soak in a bubble bath. When you step out of the tub, be sure to keep the pampering going. Lather on some of Clere‘s Vanilla Honey Cream and Berries & Cream body lotion. It’s enriched with tissue oil and pure glycerine that will:
- Moisturise your skin
- Help your skin feel soft
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks*
Remember to apply it morning and night, including in summer.
2. Change your diet
Your energy levels are impacted by what you eat. Experts recommend a mix of complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and starchy vegetables, with lean proteins and healthy fat at each meal. It’s possible to cook and eat nutritious meals, even with a busy schedule.
When you’re exhausted, sitting in front of the TV can be tempting after a long day. However, this will usually make you feel more tired. Instead of sitting down to recharge, try getting up and moving around. Walking or biking — even just for 20 minutes — can energise you for hours.
4. Get more sleep
Sleep is the ultimate body recharger. Experts recommend seven to nine hours of sleep per night for healthy adults ages 26 to 64, and getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night is a risk factor for burnout at work.
When it comes to recharging your battery, it’s essential to pay attention to your mind. Thinking about the things that stress us out often makes it harder to restore. Here are some things you can do to soothe and energise your mind:
1. Make a list of your accomplishments
It’s common to feel like you can’t keep up or need to do more. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, write down a short list of your accomplishments. It can give you motivation and energy to move forward.
2. Let go of past mistakes
A common source of stress comes from focusing on past mistakes. Help let go of the past by focusing on your goals for the future.
3. Do something fun
Having fun is an integral part of staying mentally healthy. Going away for the weekend, seeing old friends, or going out can all help. Make time for what makes you happy.
4. Take breaks from things and people that bring you down
If certain people or situations have you feeling down, take a break from them. It could mean putting certain relationships on hold until you have the energy to deal with them.
5. Spend time with close friends and family
Good people radiate good energy. Recharge by spending more time with people who boost you up.
6. Take a break from technology
Others’ lives often seem ‘perfect’ on social media, but they rarely are. Feeling like you must live up to a certain expectation can be draining. Put social media on pause.
*8 out of 10 women saw an improvement in their stretch marks, and it helped even their skin tone