Avoiding The Crash

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind! Just to give you an idea of what’s been happening and what’s coming up:

  • The first Intention 2020 workshop was a success.
  • Our first grandchild was born.
  • Some constructive feedback from a business presentation at Ignite Labs is currently fueling a KISCC rebranding venture.
  • The month of March will see two more KISCC events happening within a couple weeks of one another.
  • Partaking (as the subject) in a professional photography shoot with Raelynn Goodwin  next week.
  • And there have been some inspiring conversations an campaigns happening at work!

Needless to say, this has been an exciting and exhilarating time – and I haven’t wanted to stop. And because of that I, admittedly, haven’t been taking care of myself very well. At least not in the way that I preach to others (insert sheepish grin here). As a result, exhaustion (and a bug) set in this past week, and I spent the weekend (plus a couple days) between my bed and the couch with aches and pains, a scratchy throat, a foggy head, and zero energy or gumption.

But, as a person who strives for more, who yearns to live a life that she envisions for herself and for others, and who feels ALIVE when working toward her intentions, how does she stop? How does she remind herself that she is an important part of this vision and that without her, it won’t happen? How does she follow through on taking care of herself when she’s engulfed in the fire (okay, excuse me for being a little over-the-top descriptive there!) of building the life of her dreams?

 You know the struggle is real, Folks!

First, knowing when to stop and come up for air is crucial to your physical and mental ability to keep going. No matter what you are trying to build, change, develop, or transform, there must be time taken to give your brain and your body a break. Even if you’re sitting in front of a computer all day, pounding away at the keys for your blog, developing your website, finding relevant research to support your thesis or business plan, pushing your social profile, landing new clients, advertising your online business, or creating and editing photos and videos, the mental toll these types of activities have on you can also contribute to physical exhaustion. Especially if you’re not getting up and moving regularly!  In my case, I get stuck in my head if I allow myself to do so. My glorious brain spins and spins with all the wild and wonderful possibilities my dreams, and the actions I’m taking to realize them, are bringing to life. To counterbalance this, I know I need to stop and do activities that ground and center me such as meditation, gardening, golfing, or going for a walk.

Secondly, understanding what actions, events, and requests line up with what you are trying to do or who you want to be in your life is key. When you recognize what doesn’t line up with your intentions, it’s much easier to say NO to them. And saying no is a crucial life skill that everyone can learn to do! I wrote about steps you can take to say no in a previous blog, “Learning to Say No”.

Next, make sure you’re getting enough restful sleep to keep up with your schedule and your drive! According to the National Institutes of Health, besides poor mood and lack of energy and motivation, a variety of physical and psychological issues can be the result of not getting enough rest (to name a few):

  • Can affect blood pressure, weight, cardiovascular disease, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s
  • Can increase frequency of colds and flu due to lowered immune system
  • Inhibits self-control and relationship skills
  • Increased chance of having an accident
  • Reduced ability to manage stress
  • Decreased memory and ability to focus

Personally, sleep is a 99.9% non-negotiable for me – I know I function at my best when I have between 7-9 hours (which is the amount of sleep recommended for all adults between 18-64 years of age) in me when my alarm goes off in the morning. You can’t shirk on sleep and expect to be all you can be!

Finally, connecting with family and friends (as regularly as possible) who support your endeavors is an essential component to avoiding the over-stimulated, intention-junkie, dream-chaser CRASH. Whether it’s a phone call, video chat, dropping in for a visit, or having dinner together – being around the ones you love, and with whom there is mutual respect, is a key factor to keeping you grounded and healthy so that you can enjoy the energy you want and need to move toward your best life.

And that’s what you’re striving for, right?!

So, here’s a quick list to help keep you going strong:

  1. Create a work/self-care schedule – and stick to it. Within this plan, set an intention to eat nutritious foods, drink enough water, reduce sugar intake, and block off times for physical movement, getting outside, and/or mindfulness practices. This includes choosing a time to finish working for the day – and not compromising on it!
  2. Remember to say no – there are things you don’t have to do – especially if they don’t align with your values and life intentions.
  3. Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night – your brain and body need this!
  4. Make time for family and friends who support your true self – supportive connection is grounding and reenergizing.
  5. Laugh, have fun, and play!
  6. Listen to yourself and practice self-compassion when you feel the need to stop. Be kind so you can enjoy the journey you’re on. You and your health are worth it!

What are other things you do to avoid the crash?

Until next time…

Keep It Simple,

Michelle H.

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