5 Signs You May Not Be Taking Care Of Yourself

Juggling the needs of work, family, and home often makes us forget the most important needs—our own. Rather than being selfish, self-care is critical. Without it, everything we’re juggling comes crashing down.

If you’re not taking adequate care of yourself, your body will let you know. You just have to be paying attention to what it says! Here are a few signals your body can send that indicate it’s time to recharge your own batteries. If you notice some of these symptoms, it’s best if you start by having a chat with your physician.

  • Increased Forgetfulness: Forgetting occasional things might be normal but walking around in a fog all day is a problem. This may be a sign of simply not getting enough sleep, but it’s good to consult your doctor in case it’s a sign of a hormone imbalance.
  • Constant Fatigue: Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired? That might be a sign of something like inadequate levels of iron or other vitamins, or even sleep apnea.
  • Skin Changes: Our largest organ, skin, shows signs of ill health that are hard to ignore. If your skin is unusually dry, it might mean your diet needs more fatty acids. And sudden breakouts could also be a sign of stress or poor diet.
  • Muscle Twitches: If you notice random twitches in your leg muscles even when you’re relaxing, it may not be so random. It may stem from a lack of magnesium in your system. A blood test by your doctor will be able to identify that.
  • Mood Swings: If you’re more stressed or irritable than you think you should be, this can be a sign that your cortisol levels are too high. Your doctor can order a cortisol test, and regular exercise and proper sleep can help lower cortisol if it’s too high.

Many low hormone or vitamin levels stem directly from an unhealthy diet, which means some of the issues listed above can be addressed with changed eating habits. Talk to your doctor about what you should be eating more of—and what to avoid—to feel healthier.