7 Self Care Tips for Overachievers

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I was shocked when the doctors told me that despite living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet) this sickness is caused 100% by stress – that’s right, a lack of mental health!”

Last year I suffered from a stress induced illness called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which temporarily paralyzed the left side of my face. I was shocked when the doctors told me that despite living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet) this sickness is caused 100% by stress – that’s right, a lack of mental health!

“I was shocked when the doctors told me that despite living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet) this sickness is caused 100% by stress – that’s right, a lack of mental health!”

The cure/prevention was not to do more but rather to do less. My doctor essentially prescribed me a heavy dose of R&R – I was supposed to CHILL OUT in order to get better. For a Type A, highachieving person, this is totally counterintuitive. Do nothing? Do you know who I am? I thrive in stressful situations! I thought I was going to go crazy! However, I’m grateful for the illness and for my recovery process because they taught me to value self-care. And if you are a high-achiever, self-care is not going to the gym or writing a “to do” list or reading a book about growing your business. Self-care is just relaxing and then relaxing some more… that’s it! It’s about placing a high value on “me time.” It’s about learning to CTFD (calm the F down). Here are 7 ways I chilled out during my recovery from Ramsay Hunt and ways I still chill out today. They are NOT productive, but they are relaxing which makes me a mentally healthy woman…

Brit Rettig

Brit Rettig

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