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Having an Off Day? 5 Self-Care Tips to Improve It

self care tips for off days

How many times have you heard about the importance of taking care of your body?

Too many, I bet.

It’s something I harp about on here, but to be frank, it’s something I’m still struggling to apply to myself all the time.

I tend to push myself to get things done to meet the deadline at the cost of my health.

Just last week, I’d pushed my body to the limit (from stress to late nights) and finally, over the weekend, I got sick.

So now I ask you this: how many times have you actually prioritised your health?

Part of me feels guilty for taking a day off because it means taking a break from progress and not working on my online business.

Then I realised how important it is in the long run to take breaks and recharge.

If you don’t, you foster that feeling of being burnt out. And when you’re burnt out, you can’t be productive.

There are days where things seem like they aren’t going right at all, like you wish the day was over so that you could start fresh with a new day.

Sometimes, this feeling of an off-day stretches and become days. So what can you do when you feel unmotivated or burnt out?

Take a Break

I don’t just mean a fifteen-minute break in between tasks, but a whole day.

Take a proper day off to do whatever you want.

Whether that’s staying home and binge-watching a series like Itaewon Class or reading all day or going out and exploring a new city, do something that warms your soul.

You’ll be thankful you did when you wake up the next day feeling recharged and ready to take on your to-do list and work on your online business.

Reach out to those who genuinely care

On days where it seems like everything crashing down on you and you’re being pulled in all directions, you want someone to tell you it’s going to be okay.

Someone who will listen and sympathise and not tell you to snap out of it because sometimes telling someone to snap out of it can make things harder.

Just like how when you’re dealing with the imposter syndrome, it helps to have someone to talk to.

If you’re an introvert ike me , it can be tempting to choose more me-time over socialising, but it’s vital to connect with friends and family every once in a while.

The routine of waking up, going to work, going home and repeat can pull you into a state of loneliness and maybe even sadness.

There are times I felt so disconnected, alone and sad without a real reason.

It’s easy to shut yourself away from people when you feel this way.

One weekend, I pushed myself to go out and meet with friends, and when I came home I felt happier.

Maybe part of why I’d been feeling sad was because I missed connecting deeply with my friends.

As much as I am a homebody, I also crave the adventure of exploring a new place.

So maybe it was because I wasn’t going out and socialising that added to that feeling of demotivation.

Turn off the Internet and get away from social media

As much as I love how the Internet has provided us with so many possibilies like being able to work from home or being able to stay connected with people you care about half-way across the world, it can also be a trigger for overwhelm.

You may be expected to be connected all the time and be able to respond right away, which can get exhausting.

My advice: turn off the internet, or even your phone and just be present at the moment.

Do something that takes away the stress.


Have A Good Cry

When your emotions seem to be swelling and ready to burst, cry it away.

I noticed how after a good cry there are moments of peace–like you’ve let out your anger, frustration or sadness and the worst is over, so it’s time to move forward.

Repeat Positive affirmations

Have you heard about that saying when someone says something over and over, you start to believe it?

So why not apply the same to positive affirmations?

On days you feel the self-doubt creep in, tell yourself you are worthy.

Find something you like about yourself and repeat it until you feel better.

You can even incorporate affirmations into your morning routine so you start the day on a positive note.

Remember, take care of your body and yourself because it’s only when you’re at your best that you can achieve your full potential. 

Over to you–what do you do during off days to make you feel better?

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