7 Self Care Tips When You’re Exhausted

Are you concerned about your energy levels? Perhaps you’re worried you might be burning out? In this post, I go through 7 self-care tips when you’re exhausted, to help with feelings of overwhelm.

1. Sleep or take a nap

Sleep is our chance to rest and recuperate from the stressors of the day. If we’re not getting enough sleep then this can impair our ability to deal with stress.

Ironically, if we’re in a state of chronic stress this can have an impact on our sleep which may lead to a further increase in our stress levels.

The amount of sleep will vary between people, and you will know how much sleep helps you to function at an optimum level.

Also, you might want to try having a short nap during the day. However, just be careful with this because napping too long may impact upon your ability to get to sleep at night.

2. Go to bed early

Related to the tip above, going to bed early may help with getting enough sleep.

There are times I’ve gotten into the habit of going to bed later and still getting up at the same time in the morning. This meant I wasn’t getting the amount of sleep I needed.

If you find you’ve been going to bed later, think about reverting to your usual bedtime and see if that helps.

3. Review your diet

Being mindful about the way we nourish our bodies is just as important as looking after our mental health. In fact, you might find that when you’re nourishing your body well you’ll feel better about yourself.

Are you getting enough whole foods in your diet? Has the amount of processed foods you consume increased? Are you drinking enough water?

This isn’t about depriving yourself, but about having a balanced diet. That chocolate cake or those biscuits shouldn’t be forbidden!

If we deprive ourselves of certain foods, we end up craving those foods and may end up eating more of them than if we’d have allowed ourselves to have them in the first place.

It’s about everything in moderation.

4. Ask for help

This one can be hard to do if you’re someone who feels uncomfortable about asking for help. You might feel that you should be able to cope on your own.

However, we all need help at some time in our lives and there’s no shame in reaching out to others. Sometimes people might not be able to help us directly, but could provide us with suggestions of how to move forward.

If asking for help is something you struggle with, approach someone you really trust initially to share what’s going on. It might help open up a conversation about what you could do next.

5. Focus on what you need

We’re very good at focusing our attention on helping others but usually spread ourselves too thin and end up exhausted.

If you’re feeling tired and worried about burnout, then consider pulling back a bit and focusing on looking after yourself for a while.

What is it you need right now? What course of action is going to be of most benefit to you? 

It's important that we listen to our minds and bodies and practice self care when exhausted. Working too hard can lead to stress and burnout. Using self care routines can help with stress and help prevent burnout over the longer term. Check out these seven self care tips to help prevent stress and burnout when you feel exhausted.

6. Say “no” more often

This can be a tricky one, especially if we tend to be “people pleasers”. Not being able to say no can sometimes come from a fear of the other person’s reaction. We may worry that the other person might not like us anymore, or we may lose a friendship.

However, saying “no” is an important way of setting boundaries and reducing the likelihood that we’ll take on too much and not be able to cope.

Sometimes, an outright “no” isn’t necessary. Perhaps we would like to help but it’s not possible right now, in which case we could suggest a date and time in the future when we might be able to help the person.

7. Take a break from social media

If we’re finding it hard to cope, social media may give us the impression that everyone else is doing just fine and we’re the only ones struggling.

Remember, that what we see on social media is just a snapshot of people’s lives and that a photograph or video only tells us as much as the person wants to reveal.

Taking a break from social media or reducing your time there can help you focus on yourself and what you need, rather than comparing yourself to others.

I hope you’ve found these self-care tips helpful. Are there any tips you have that I haven’t mentioned here? Let me know in the comments!