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17 Clues You’re Just Not Taking Good Care of Yourself

Life’s busy, and self-care tends to take a backseat. But ignoring it can sneak up on you in ways you don’t even notice. 

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (and maybe actually drink some). Let’s get to the not-so-obvious clues that you’re dropping the ball on self-care and how to get back on track.

1. Constant Fatigue

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Feeling drained all the time is more than just a bad night’s sleep. It’s not normal, and it’s your body screaming for attention. It’s a big red flag that you’re neglecting self-care. 

Start prioritizing rest and figure out what’s draining your energy. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your schedule and make some serious changes.

2. Small Things Set You Off

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When the tiniest inconvenience sets you off, that’s a problem. Mood swings are a sign you’re running on empty and not taking care of your mental health. 

Take a step back and breathe. Incorporate stress-relief practices like meditation or even just a walk outside. Your mood will thank you.

3. Neglecting Personal Hygiene

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If showering feels like a chore, something’s up. Ignoring basic hygiene like–brushing your teeth twice a day, putting on moisturizer, and ironing clothes–is a clear indicator that your self-care routine is in shambles. 

Make a conscious effort to maintain these habits, even when you’re feeling low. A clean body can lead to a clearer mind.

4. Fast Food Is on Speed Dial

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Living off fast food? That’s a recipe for disaster. Poor eating habits reflect a lack of self-care and will eventually catch up to you. 

Start planning your meals and opt for healthier choices. Your body needs proper fuel to function at its best.

5. Becoming a Hermit

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Avoiding friends and family is a major red flag. Social interactions are crucial for mental health, and isolating yourself only makes things worse. 

Push yourself to connect with others, even if it’s just a quick chat. Human connection is vital.

6. Couch Potato Syndrome

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If your idea of exercise is reaching for the remote, it’s time to get moving. Lack of physical activity is a sign you’re not prioritizing your health.

Find a workout routine you enjoy, and stick to it. Exercise boosts your mood and energy levels.

7. Brushing off Stress and Anxiety

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Pretending stress and anxiety don’t exist? Bad move. Ignoring mental health issues only makes them grow. Start addressing these feelings head-on.

Consider talking to a therapist or practicing mindfulness. Your mental health deserves attention too.

8. Tossing and Turning All Night

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Can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep? That’s a big clue you’re not taking care of yourself. Good sleep is essential for overall health.

Establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. Consistent sleep patterns can make a world of difference.

9. Burning the Candle at Both Ends

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Working non-stop? That’s a fast track to burnout. Overworking is a sign you’re neglecting self-care in favor of productivity.

Set boundaries and give yourself permission to rest. Balance is key to maintaining your well-being.

10. Losing Touch With What You Love

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Forgot what your hobbies are? That’s a sign you’re out of touch with yourself. Engaging in activities you love is crucial for happiness.

Rediscover your interests and make time for them. Hobbies are not just for fun; they’re essential for a balanced life.

11. Your Brain Feels Foggy

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Forgetting where you left your keys or missing important dates? That’s a sign your brain is overwhelmed and not getting the care it needs. Mental fog is often a result of poor self-care habits.

Prioritize activities that boost brain health, like adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and mental exercises. Keeping your mind sharp requires effort and attention.

12. Living in Clutter

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If your living space looks like a tornado hit it, that’s a sign of neglect. Clutter often mirrors internal chaos and a lack of self-care.

Start by organizing and decluttering your surroundings. A tidy environment can lead to a clearer mind and reduced stress. Take small steps daily to maintain order and create a peaceful space for yourself.

13. Your Immune System Is Struggling

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Constantly catching colds or feeling under the weather? That’s your body telling you it’s not getting the care it needs. Frequent illness can be a sign of poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or chronic stress.

Focus on boosting your immune system with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient rest. Your health should always be a priority.

14. Neglecting Finances

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If your bills are piling up and your budget is a mess, it’s a sign you’re not managing your life well. Financial neglect often stems from stress and poor self-care.

Take time to organize your finances, create a budget, and stick to it. Financial stability can greatly reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

15. Lack of Motivation: Struggling to Get Things Done

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Finding it hard to get out of bed or start your day? Lack of motivation is a clear indicator that you’re not taking care of yourself. 

Address this by setting small, achievable goals and rewarding yourself for meeting them. Incorporate activities that you enjoy and that energize you into your daily routine.

16. Poor Posture: Slouching Your Way Through Life

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Noticing yourself slouching all the time is a problem. Poor posture is often a result of neglecting physical self-care. It can lead to back pain and other health issues. 

Make an effort to improve your posture by incorporating stretches and strength exercises into your routine. Good posture can significantly impact your overall health and confidence.

17. Skin Issues: Breakouts and Dryness

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Breakouts, dryness, or other skin issues are often signs of stress and poor self-care. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. 

Ensure you’re hydrating properly, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a good skincare routine. Healthy skin starts from within and shows how well you’re taking care of yourself.

Theresa Bedford is a nationally syndicated writer. Her work has been seen on the Associated Press Wire, Blox Digital, and MSN. She writes about productivity, money, and simple living to help people focus on what really matters in life.