If you feel tired in more ways than physical exhaustion or are overwhelmed, please take a minute to read this post! We have all been there, or maybe we live in an overwhelmed, stressed, and tired state every day of our lives. I sincerely hope this post provides some practical ways to apply some new, good changes to your life!
We do not have to constantly be tired and overwhelmed; in fact, we can live vibrantly in the present moment!
Autumn: a Season of Renewal or Overwhelm
Pumpkins, cinnamon, leaves changing colors, crisp and cool air, fires in the hearth, and cozy clothing: I absolutely love the Fall! It is certainly my favorite season of the year, and I hope to have some delicious Fall recipes coming to the blog soon!
However, it is also the time of year when schedules are restarting, busyness is overflowing, and a sense of the need to prepare for the coming weather looms over everything. I have had a couple hard weeks lately, and after some self-reflection, I realized that I need rest, and not just physical rest but every kind of rest available. I have tried to ignore the feeling that I needed rest, but the more I ignored the feeling, the more stressed and burnt-out I became. So, as I reflected on my feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, I came to the conclusion that my schedule was the reason that I felt so stressed, tired, and overwhelmed.
Creature of Habit
I am quite the creature of habit; in fact, dangerously so. On a typical week, I can tell you where I will be, what I will be doing, and what I will be eating, down to the minute, and because I work from home, that exactness is amplified. I have come to the realization that this type of schedule is very bad for a person’s health. Yes, I know that schedules are good and necessary is many cases, but the extreme detail of my schedule, just because of habits and behaviors that I repeat every day, is not good.
Can We Control Our Feelings?
Lately, I have been reading, You Are the Placebo, (2015) by Dr. Joe Dispenza, and he states something very interesting:
So let’s say you’ve gone through the same sequence every day . . . Your body is then already programmed by habit to be in the future, based on your past, because as you emotionally begin to anticipate each of those events on your timeline, your body (as the unconscious mind) believes it’s in that same predictable reality. (pp. 276-277)
Basically, this means, because I knew where I would be, down to the moment, my body was constantly anticipating the future; therefore, I never felt as though I could rest or relax. My body and mind was living in the future, literally, because I knew what was coming next each minute, hour, day, and week. If you want more information on this subject, I would highly recommend reading You Are the Placebo and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Dispenza.
My body needs more than sleep to fix this cycle; it needs a complete reboot regarding how I approach planning my days and getting work done.
So, what can I do to change these areas of my life and get the rest that I need?
I have been meditating ten minutes every single day for a little longer than two weeks, and so far, I love it! Now, please do not freak out because I mentioned meditation. To me, meditation is sitting still, observing my breath, and being present in the moment, not some mystical experience with a strange religion. Being able to be fully present in the moment is what I love about meditation! When you are meditating, nothing from the past and no thoughts of the future are clouding the brain. You are simply with yourself, in your space, in that moment of time, and it is super relaxing! It is crazy, but when I am able to come into a calm, present state of mind, the time I take to meditate flies by and ten to fifteen minutes seems like one or two!
Meditating every day has allowed me to recognize when I am running on autopilot throughout my days, and meditation has shown me what it means to be truly calm and present. Additionally, meditation is a form of relaxation that my body now craves because it subconsciously wants to bring the peace and calm from the meditation session into my every day life. I am so glad that I began meditating, and I am looking forward to watching more benefits enter my life as I practice longer!
2. Eating Intuitively
Although I always fix myself foods that I like to eat and foods that are healthy for me to eat, I get into the habit of eating the same meals every single day, and I know that this is not the best way to eat for my health. Additionally, I rarely think about if the food I am fixing is the food I am truly craving for my body, in that specific moment. Sure, I always fix “healthy” food, but if the food is not what my body wants in that exact moment, eating those particular foods will not make me feel satisfied.
Lately, I have been trying my best to honor my body and my cravings and make sure that the food I am fixing to eat is actually the food that I want to be eating in that specific moment of time. While I often still make myself a large kale salad with avocado dressing and sauerkraut because that is my absolute favorite, sometimes I fix myself pizza, eat a pint of my favorite ice cream, devour a huge bowl of grapes or watermelon, or skip a meal altogether if I am not hungry. Eating intuitively is not always easy, and I doubt myself a lot as I try to make decisions, but I am listening to and honoring a part of myself that I have suppressed for years, which is very freeing!
3. Listening to My Body = Living Intuitively
I can push myself to get through almost anything, which is great when I have a deadline or a task has to be completed even when I am tired. However, I am also really good at ignoring when my body is trying to tell me that I need to take a break or slow down. For example, I love yoga, and I tend to do the same flow for two hours every day no matter what I feel like. Most days, this is great because I designed the flow to stretch and work all the areas of my body that are always tight and sore. Yet, when I need to take a rest day, I am not very good at realizing that my body is exhausted until I am trying to finish my flow and I feel drained instead of energized. Or, some days, my body tries to tell me that I need an extra nap or more time sitting and relaxing, and I try to power through my day, when I should have slept more. Even though this is definitely the hardest change I have mentioned so far in this post, I know that learning to listen to my body will have a big impact on my life, health, energy, and creativity.
I do not have all these ideas figured out, but I do feel like I can handle my stress, energy, and lifestyle better now that I have implemented meditation, eating intuitively, and listening to my body. As I learn more about these areas and if I come across any tips, I will definitely share them in a future blog post!
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Best wishes and shalom, friends!