It’s essential to listen to what your body tells you. When you’ve reached a point of overload, your body will show signs of dehydration, fatigue, and stress. It’s neccesary to be in tune with what your body needs so you can prioritize your wellness. Resting is especially significant for Black women, who often encounter Superwoman syndrome while juggling countless responsibilities and everyone else’s needs. You can wear a “S” on your chest but still need rest for your mind, body, and emotions.
Here are seven signs your body needs to rest.
You Are More Irritable Than Normal
When you are feeling more irritable than usual, it is possibly a sign that your body needs rest. Perhaps you find yourself snapping at your roommate or significant other about minor issues. Or, maybe you lose your temper at work and get upset with a coworker. In moments of frustration, check in with yourself, focus on your breath, and prioritize rest.
Your Appetite and Eating Habits Have Changed
Did you know 70% of the immune system is in your gut? One indication that you are under stress is if your eating habits change. Perhaps you’re over eating or snacking late at night. Maybe you skip meals or lack an appetite. Changes in your eating habits are a clear red flag that your body is crying out for a little TLC. Take time to yourself and practice self-care. Do things to build your mental and physical health, and of course, eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Often times people feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed will self-isolate. When you are burning the candle at both ends, activities and quality time with the people you love can easily fall by the wayside. In reality, spending time with your loved ones is a great way to recharge and rest. When you need to refill your cup, plan a coffee date, lunch, or hike with friends and rejuvenate.
You Have Difficulty Sleeping
If you need rest, you’d think sleep would come easy. However, even when our bodies are tired, our minds have difficulty shutting off. You might need a mental and emotional break if you notice a change in your sleep patterns or have difficulty sleeping. Check in with yourself by journaling about the anxious thoughts and feelings that are affecting your sleep.
You Have Become Clumsy
Another sign that your tank is low is an increased clumsiness. Are you dropping items on a regular basis or tripping and stumbling more frequently? If you are not a clumsy person but notice this trait, take note of your mental state and how you’re feeling. Taking a mental health day might help you recharge.
You Have Difficulty Remembering Things
Absent-mindedness can be a clear sign of needing to rest and recharge. If you can’t remember whether you locked your car door or scheduled that meeting, perhaps your brain is in overcharge and needs a break.
You Are Increasingly Anxious
Have you noticed yourself feeling an increased level of worry and anxiety lately? If so, then it’s time for a wellness check. Practice mindfulness by focusing on the present moment and discussing your feelings. If possible, go to a quiet place and practice breathing.