5 Signs You Need To Take Better Care of Yourself (And How To Do It)
Are you often feeling rundown and stressed? Unable to sleep some nights, often tired during the day? Do things seem to come up all the time that take priority over your health and happiness? If so, these are signs that you need to take better care of yourself.
So many of us spend our time making sure others are well-cared for or that everything is taken care of with our work. But in the midst of doing all this, we often forget to take care of our own physical and mental well-being. Ignoring your own needs can lead to depression, resentment, poor health and just a general lackluster for life.
Most people in this boat probably think that it is impossible to find time for themselves, but that is simply not true. The way to find time for yourself is by making significant (yet simple) changes that will give you more time to enjoy life.
Here are 5 Signs You Need To Take Better Care of Yourself (And How To Do It)
1. Feeling Tired All of the Time
When you feel tired all of the time without having a chronic medical problem, your body is telling you that something is wrong. Constant fatigue can definitely be a symptom of an underlying health issue, so you should most definitely get a thorough evaluation.
Chronic fatigue is also a sign of not living a balanced life that can likewise, lead to a variety of health issues.
You might work a 60-hour week in a job that you dislike or have too many responsibilities at home. Maybe you don’t sleep well at night. Maybe your family causes you stress. All these factors can lead to chronic fatigue.
If you’re tired all the time, it’s definitely in order to evaluate the underlying case and make the appropriate changes. Do you need to work on your sleep habits? Perhaps you need to eliminate some of the demands on your time that aren’t necessary at this time? Whatever it is, there is an answer and it’s up to you to evaluate and make the necessary changes.
2. Emotional Outbursts
Another sign that you are not taking care of yourself is having frequent or volatile emotional outbursts. We are often in denial that we are behaving less than ideal. So if this is you, take heed. It’s a definite sign and it happens to the best of us. Things can be done to make changes.
If this is you, it’s time to make serious changes. The answer is different for everyone. Take the time to figure out what needs to happen for you and make it a top priority – it’s not an option.
3. Chaos and Clutter
If you have a cluttered home, then it can lead to wasted time and frazzled nerves. A home filled with stuff that isn’t in it’s proper place makes it difficult to find the things needed for each day. When you must dig through mountains of papers to find an important document, then you know it is time to get rid of excess stuff in your home.
For many of us, this isn’t intentional. Rather life is just too busy to keep up. If this is the case, a serious review of your time is in order.
Regardless, to get rid of clutter, use boxes to sort through items that you want to throw away, donate or sell. Place the papers and possessions that you must keep in a plastic tote to organize later. Depending on the size of your home, this process can require a few days or weeks (sometimes longer), but when the job is completed, you will feel calmer.
Just remember to keep up with things after you’ve done your overhaul.
4. Changes in Your Body’s Shape
If you are gaining or losing weight rapidly without making lifestyle changes, then this can be a sign that you are not taking good care of yourself. Oftentimes when we’re stressed and on the go, we don’t eat as well as we should – and we usually don’t even realize it.
If soft drinks and fast food is part of your regular life, you may want to reevaluate. Likewise, if you run on caffeine or need sedatives at night to sleep, this too is a sign.
The solution is to make the time to eat well. Limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Fill up on nutrient-dense foods. Changes to your eating habits alone can produce great benefits to how you feel.
5. Frequent Accidents and Mistakes
When you are not living a balanced life you are more likely to have accidents and make mistakes. If you find yourself frequently making silly mistakes, dropping things or that your balance (literally) is not what it used to be, it’s time to reevaluate. Of course, make sure you are not suffering from any unknown health issues first.
After that, make changes to take the time for better self-care. This may mean simply slowing down, it may mean incorporating exercise, it may mean getting rid of obligations that aren’t necessary or it may mean dedicating more time to sleeping. Everyone is different. Find out what you need to do to better care for yourself.
See also: Simple Spoon Massage That Wipes Off Signs Of Skin Aging. Just 10 Days!
Exhausted your savings by spending all your money on cosmetic treatments that have no long-term benefits? Well, you’re in luck. All you need are a couple of inexpensive stainless steel spoons and this famous spoon massage from German physician and cosmetologist Rene Koch to give you the results only an expensive facial treatment would otherwise!
What all do you need?
Keep ready of two stainless teaspoons, a cup of cold water and some ice cubes and a bowl of oil. You can use essential oil, olive oil, sunflower oil or linseed oil.
1. Clean your face thoroughly of any makeup or residue and apply moisture to make it smooth.
2. Disinfect your spoons with alcohol and dip it in the glass full of cold water and make sure the ice is in it.
3. Put the teaspoons on your upper eyelids when they are cooled and leave them there for several seconds. Repeat this position for 5 times.
4. Repeat the same thing with your lower eyelids. This will help get rid of the swelling and puffiness from your eyelids. Make sure you use cold spoons for both the upper and the lower lids.
Starting with the face massage:
1. Leave the spoons in the heated oil before beginning the face massage. Then press them gently against your facial lines. Tip: start with the deepened facial lines.
2. Start from your forehead, continue to the top of your nose and continue through your temples.
3. Use circular movements on your eyelids from inner corner towards the back.
4. Then spread it on your cheeks from the beginning of your nostrils to the temples.
5. Use it on your chin and your temples and on your neck.
Points to remember:
• Perform these movements at least 10 times.
• Use the oil if the spoon is not gliding easily on your face.
• Start with not more than a minute or two and work up to 10-12 minutes.
See also: 9 Awesome Uses For Silica Gel Packets – Don’t Throw Them Away!
Any woman who’s ever bought a new bag, new shoes, or even a bottle of Advil knows about those little silica gel packets that sternly order us to throw them away and not eat them. We’ve all tossed them (and, presumably, not eaten them), but it’s a safe bet that few of us know why they’re lurking inside all our new stuff.
Silica gel is a desiccant, which means it absorbs and holds water. The gel packs suck up water vapor from the air and keep our new products dry and fresh. They’re frequently found packaged with leather products and other items that don’t react well with moisture.
Although we’re told to throw the silica packs away, there are actually a pretty decent amount of surprising—and smart—uses for the little guys. We suggest keeping a few tucked away, especially now that you know what they actually do. Below, 9 times you can put those pesky little packs to good use.
1. Dry Flowers Faster
Dried flowers can serve as a memento of a special occasion, or can just look really cool in a vase. The problem? Letting them dry out can take a long time, and can cause a mess. If you place a bouquet in a plastic bag with silica gel packs, you can speed up the drying process—that’s important because, if the dying process takes to long, the flowers can begin to die before they’re totally dried. The Daily Mail suggests throwing a few more packs of silica gel into the plastic bag than you think you need, just to be safe.
2. Freshen a Gym Bag
Stinky gym bags are the absolute worst—but they’re also hard to avoid. You throw your sweaty workout clothes and sneakers in there, zip it up, and go about your day. If you keep a few silica gel packs in the bag, they’ll help to wick away some of the moisture (read: sweat) that gives gym bags a bad rap. Also, as Wonder How To points out, less moisture means less bacteria, which is something everyone wants. This seems like a no-brainer.
3. Keep Photos Looking New Longer
Although printing photos may seem like a thing of the past, when it comes to special occasions, nothing beats real, tangible photos that you can hold in your hand. Chances are, if you go through the effort to print a photo, you want that print to last. Store your photos and photo albums in sealed plastic boxes, and line those boxes with silica gel packs. Removing the moisture from the containers will keep the photos from curling and bending due to water exposure.
4. Dry Your Swimsuit While Traveling
There’s nothing more annoying (and gross) than having to travel with wet clothes. Don’t have time to let your swimsuit air dry? Silica gel packs can fix this, as My Thirsty Spot points out. Throw your suit in a large zip-top bag filled with silica gel packs—the more the better. Seal the bag tightly and let the silica wick away all the moisture from your bikini.
5. Save a Water-Logged Phone
We’ve all been there: One second your iphone is in your hands, the next it’s deep in the toilet (or a cocktail—no judgement.) While this is a death sentence for most devices, all hope isn’t lost if you have some silica gel packs saved up! Fill a plastic baggie with the packs and slip your phone it. Seal the bag and let the gel suck all the moisture from your phone. Be careful though” Make Life Lovely warns not to be overly eager and turn your phone on too quickly, as this could cause an electrical short and ruin your phone: Be sure to wait a full day or even two.
6. Preserve Razor Blades
Do you find that your expensive razor blades are oxidizing more quickly than you’d like? Wonder How To has a simple solution—instead of storing your razors in the open air, exposed to moisture that causes oxidization, keep them in a jar filled with silica gel packs instead. After you’re done showering and shaving, throw the wet blade into the jar and the silica will extract the excess water, nixing bacteria preventing oxidization.
7. Protect Silver From Tarnishing
When your silver jewelry or flatware starts to look dirty or less vibrant, it’s most likely tarnished. Tarnish is caused by a chemical reaction between elements in the air coming into contact with the silver. Humidity can expedite this process. A cure for humidity? Yup, silica gel packs. The Daily Mail suggests keeping a few silica gel packs in your jewelry box or silverware drawer in order to keep humidity in check.
8. Defog a Windshield
Foggy windshields are not only a nuisance and sometimes difficult to clear, they can also be seriously dangerous. Fog on windshields is condensation caused by humidity or a difference in temperature between the outside of your car and the inside of your car. An easy fix, as suggested by My Thirsty Spot, is to keep a few gel packs in your ride, specifically on the windshield. The packs should absorb some of the excess moisture caused by humidity and keep your windshields less foggy.
9. Stop Camera Condensation
Fashion bloggers out there, you’ll love this one. Nothing’s more frustrating than a foggy camera lens caused by condensation, especially when going from the cold back inside. My Thirsty Spot, a blogger herself, suggests removing your battery, memory card, and lens and placing them into a bowl of silica gel packs to suck up all that excess moisture.
See more: 10 Brilliant Denim Tricks Everyone Who Wears Jeans Has To Know
Denims are conquering the world today. Denims have travelled through many eras and styles and with time they have become more creative, glamorous and elegant looking and pretty expensive too. Staying in trend can cost you tons of money so every woman should be aware of few denim hacks so that you can look flashy and glamorous using your old denims too. Here are some new and quick hacks of the denims.
1. How to tell if they will stretch.
Before buying any denim always ensure the stretching ability of the denim from the retailers. And if you want to check it at home then wear it and do squat for 60 second and check if the denim attains it shape again.
2. How to freeze clean denim.
Washing your jeans is essential for removal of dirt, bacteria and to get rid of sweaty smell but we all know that frequent washing can damage your jeans so there’s a new and quick way to clean your jeans and to prevent it from frequent washing. First of all remove all the stain by spot cleaning stain using stain remover and let it dry completely. Then fold the jeans and put it in a zip bag and then place it in freezer for 24 hours. After 24 hours your jeans would be ready to wear, thaw and wear it.
3. How to make your legs look longer in jeans.
If you want to your legs to look longer than normal then cuff your jeans , wear heels and also try to tuck your shirts/ tops inside the jeans as it will help in making your legs seem longer than normal.
4. How to cuff your jeans with ankle boots.
To wear jeans on ankle boots by slightly cuff them. The best way is to give them one easy roll as it comes up higher than others. It can make you look super chic and give elongating effect at the same time.
5. How to figure out which shoe pair with which jeans.
Every denim cannot match up with every shoe type. Usually, you can wear it by mixing them up with each other but certain shoes suit the certain type of jeans. For instance, knee-high boots and cap-toe flats can match up with skinny jeans, low heel pumps and ankle boot can match up with bootcut jeans.
6. How to tuck jeans into boots.
If you want to wear long boots on your long jeans then the best way is to tuck them in a proper way. First of all fold the ankle part of the jeans according to the length you want of your jeans. Then fold the extra part of the jeans left vertically and wear any socks over it to hold the jeans in place and you can wear a long boot over it comfortably.
7. How to fix faded denim.
You know that washing your denim can result in faded and rough jeans so, to prevent this use dye to bring back their color and shine.
Things you need: 1bottle denim dye, 1 bottle navy dye, 3 gallons of hot water
Directions: pour out ½ cup of denim dye and navy dye in a 3gallons of hot water and soak your jeans in it for some time.
8. How to do original hem
For original hemming process, you can seek tailor or do it yourself because it doesn’t need any type of sewing experience. First of all measure the length from which you want to hem the jeans and mark it using pins and then stitch it using a sewing machine. After sewing, cut off the excess part of the jeans and in the end user an iron to make it creaseless.
9. How to take care of your denim
To get rid of fading of jeans and getting rough choose hand washing over washing machine wash as hand washing is gentler on the fibers. Soak denim 15-30 min in a small amount of detergent and rinse it thoroughly and then air dry it inside out.
10. How to distress your own jeans
Things you need: a chalk, a safety pin, tweezers, a box cutter, a magazine.
- Straighten the legs of the jeans to remove crease and then use chalk to make your marks.
- After making marks insert a magazine to protect the bottom layer of your jeans and then use a cutter to slit horizontal strips and pull the threads using a safety pin.
- To remove vertical threads use tweezers.
- If you use this method then you don’t need to buy ripped jeans as you can make it only by using your old jeans.