Self-Care Series: Lack of Self-Care Effects Happiness

Self-care is often seen as a luxury by so many people but did you know that it can lean to a happier, longer life?  Without self-care, you’re likely to end up feeling stressed, tired and generally unhappy.  The lack of self-care in your life can also lead to exhaustion.

When you aren’t taking care of yourself, you’ll often feel stressed and exhausted.  This in turn can lead to burnout and feelings of resentment.  For example, it could be that you are exhausted from taking care of everyone else’s needs.  Over time, if you don’t factor in self-care, you could end up resenting your loved ones and the people you take care of.

A side effect of not following a self-care routine is that your personal hygeine can suffer.  This is especially true for those experiencing depression.  When you are depressed self-care is the last thing on your mind.  In severe cases, you could spend days in bed, failing to do even the basic self-care tasks such as showering or brushing your teeth.   The trouble is that failing to take care of yourself leads you to feel even worse.  It can be a spiraling circle.  So maintaining a schedule of self-care is crucial to your mental health and personal hygeine.

Another thing that happens with the of lack of self-care is that you may seek unhealthy enjoyment.  It could be overindulging in junk food because it makes you feel better.  It could be using and possibly abusing alcohol or drugs to escape.  When you start turning to unhealthy habits for comfort it’s going to lead to additional issues.  You’ll feel unhappier and continue in a downward spiral.

If you fail to take care of yourself you can end up feeling like you are never good enough.  Self-care is something you should do because YOU ARE WORTH IT!  So set yourself up a schedule of self-care activities that will help you create the happier life you want to live.