As we’ve noted, you need to take care of yourself well if you’re going to have any energy left to give to others. Self-care can be the fuel to help refuel your tank. Taking time to relax and do things you enjoy helps to avoid burnout. You’ll simply feel healthier and healthier when you prioritize your interests. But how do you know which types of activities help to rejuvenate you? Look below for some suggestions.

About Refueling Your Tank
Refueling your tank involves any activity that brings you joy and makes you feel good. Life’s pressures can wear you down and make you tired. If you continue to keep giving of yourself to the various demands on your time and energy, you’re bound to burn out. Obligations from work, friends, and family are all a part of life and are to be expected. However; these things can also take away from your energy stores. You’ll begin to feel all sorts of negative emotions like stress, anger, sadness, and resentment if you don’t take time to give back to yourself. That’s what self-care does for you.

Signs Your Tank Is Empty
Paying attention to your body and mind can help you to know when you’re feeling overwhelmed so that you can then focus on taking care of your needs. Pay attention to your feelings. Are you noticing that you’re moody, sad, or short-tempered lately? What is your sleep schedule like? Have things felt off? You may need a serious recharge if you’re feeling exhausted, prone to your emotions, or scatter-brained.

Types of Self Care to Consider
Nearly any type of activity or practice that makes you feel good can count as self-care, as long as it’s healthy. Remember, it’s never a good idea to indulge in unhealthy coping mechanisms like over-eating, spending money you can’t afford, or drinking to excess. Experimenting with various types of self-care can help you to determine which ones rejuvenate you and refuel your tank. This will help you to find your favorite go-to methods for when you’re feeling really overwhelmed or run-down

Some favorites to consider include:
● Take a long bath
● Go for a walk in the woods
● Do some reading
● Get together with friends
● Spend time with a pet
● Watch a favorite TV show
● Listen to music
● Meditate
● Do some baking
● Have your lunch outside
● Get a massage
● Buy an ice cream cone
● Wear your favorite outfit
● Write an email to an old friend
● Chat online
● Take a nap
● Write in your journal
● Have a cup of tea
● Take time for your hobby
● Play a game with your child or alone
● Take a staycation
● Go to the library or a museum
● Take yourself out to eat

These are just a few ideas for rejuvenating self-care activities. The most important thing is that you enjoy what you’re doing and that it helps you to unplug and unwind. This process may take some trial and error. Once you find the activities you most enjoy, don’t hesitate to turn to them when you need to refuel your tank.