Sometimes we all have ‘off’ days. Sometimes it lasts longer than that. Something just doesn’t feel quite right… our mind doesn’t want to stop thinking, and ironically it stops our thoughts from being clear. Energy levels drop and lethargy and procrastination win us over.
But we must keep going! It’s not as simple as retreating into our shell until we recover… There is work to do, maybe little people to look after, maybe older people to look after. But who looks after us?
You will have heard the phrase ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’, or similar. When your cup is empty, you are already depleted. You find you can’t do everything you expect to do. Perhaps you start feeling resentful and annoyed with others. And then feeling bad that you have these moods. And then trying to do more to make up for it…
Feeling guilty about this does nothing for you. Unfortunately, you come to realise that nobody can save you but yourself*. Carrying on ignoring your needs only leads to more anxiety and adrenal fatigue.
If you recognise yourself in these paragraphs, don’t panic, it’s never too late to do something. You can take back control, one step at a time.
- Breathe. Focusing on your breath links you to yourself, validating your existence. Call it a meditation, time out, re-connect with yourself. 10 minutes a day.
- Feed yourself. Something healthy each day. Be it an apple, or a banana, salad or a fresh vegetable juice. One thing minimum. (more if you can…)
- Drench yourself. Water! One large glass when you wake up. One with every meal. Minimum. And one small glass after every visit to the loo.
- Protect yourself. Yes we all give away our energy in daily life. But some people suck it away for you, with gossip and negativity. Change the subject. Consider crystals to help you if you find this difficult.
- Rest. Put yourself to bed, in bed, early once a week, like you would an overtired child. If that means you wake early, use the quiet time to rekindle a hobby. Avoid TV on this day.
Of course it’s easy for me to write this, now it’s up to you to add these into your ‘recovery’ toolbox. Want reminders? Sign up to my newsletter for more empowering ideas, and get my ten minute ‘re-connect’ daily meditation FREE for a limited time…
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* Stronger feelings of being unable to cope may be a sign of depression. See your GP if you think this may be you. If you are pregnant or a new mum Butterflies Community is a free support group for pre-and post-natal mental health in a non-judgemental setting. Please message them for your nearest group.