Are you feeling low on energy? Running from one thing to another with barely enough time to taste the meals you shove into your mouth? I hear you… It’s just one of those weeks, right? Actually, it’s kind of been one of those months.
So, how are you taking care of yourself during this time? This is the point when most people snicker at me. Like there’s any time to “take care” or “rest” or “relax”. “If I should be so lucky!”
Life is busy, I get it. But when do we stop blaming our exhaustion and stress on the external pressures of our lives, and take ownership over our need to rest and restore? We’ve read the articles…we know the data: Rest and relaxation actually makes us more productive, creative and happier. Did you know that lack of sleep is a contributing factor towards divorce?
Do you hear that voice in your head? The one calling you “lazy” for chilling on the sofa when you could be working? This morning it called you a “fat-ass” for not waking up early enough to work out. Goodness, it’s mean. Chiming in after you order your coffee, “Don’t you know herbal tea is better for you?”. When someone asks you for a last-minute favour that you really don’t feel like dealing with, “You can’t say ‘no’!” And when you make a mistake, “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!”
Good God, where did that voice come from?! The funny thing is, it sounds exactly like you! But, surely you wouldn’t speak to yourself so cruelly? Would you?
A lot of us have this nasty voice inside our heads: judging our movements, thoughts and feelings. We let it stay there because we’re so used to it being with us that we typically don’t even notice it. But, you know what? This is YOUR mind, we’re talking about! And that means that you get to choose which voices you want in there.
Your thoughts and feelings have more impact on the way you live your life than you’re aware of. It’s important that you check in with yourself every so often so that you can become aware of which ones are running the show, and whether or not they serve you.
Don’t live your life on autopilot. Wake up, tune in and make choices.