We are very similar to batteries and every now and again, we need to recharge. It’s surprising how many of us see recharging, disengaging or recuperating as selfish. This fallacy is dangerous and unhealthy. How can we pour from an empty cup? How can we continue to drive a car without gas?
Running on empty
When we run on fumes we compromise our emotional, psychological and physical well being. Our concentration suffers, our temperament becomes reactive, and our sleep patterns can be compromised. Running on empty can ultimately lead to burnout.
Burnout is a gradual process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can creep up on you. The signs and symptoms are subtle at first, but become worse as time goes on. Think of the early symptoms as red flags that something is wrong that needs to be addressed. If you pay attention and actively reduce your stress, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.
Not all of us are fortunate enough to have the option to go to a day spa or retreat, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot recharge ourselves when we begin to feel drained. Recharging can be simple methods of disengaging and allowing yourself a moment to center yourself.
Going for a walk/Sitting outside in the park
Just unplugging for 15 – 30 minutes uninterrupted can give you a quick recharge from every day stressors. Try a 7 day trial run and see how you feel. Want a custom plan to handle stress? Contact me. Be well, friends.
The “New Year, New Me” mantra has such a positive and energetic ring to it when we say it because we throw all our hopes, dreams, excitement and ambition behind it – only for the enthusiasm to fade some days or weeks later, like the smoke from a blown out candle on a birthday cake.
At what point do we lose momentum and fall back into the habits, thought patterns, and dispositions of the previous year? We lose momentum when we don’t change our consciousness. Is It Possible to Do a 180? Anything is possible. In order to do so, it requires us to take captive our thoughts and to be consistent in our actions each and every day. The reason why we fail at making the changes we wish to see in ourselves in the New Year is simply because we do not have the focus and discipline to follow through. Everything starts in the mind. Therefore, our conscious decision to alter our habits and enhance our lives is crucial.
The consciousness is the fuel that drives us toward successfully accomplishing our goals. What we need is a game plan. Athletes have a game plan. They make sure they examine their strengths and their weaknesses. They think about what they could have done differently or better in their previous game/match. They go into their next game/match with this information and a “Game Plan.” They are conscious of what they want to accomplish. Life is no different.
It’s okay to change directions, slow down or go full steam ahead; but a “New” you is not necessary. We don’t need to scrap our “old selves.” We need to incorporate our previous experiences and update our consciousness for an improved you. A YOU 2.0. Also, you can update your consciousness at any time. Every minute is an opportunity to improve yourself. If you are looking to do that, but don’t know where to start, reach out. We can work out a game plan together.