How has your fall been so far?
A little (or a lot) hectic? Projects galore? School functions? Halloween parties?
I get it. Once summer is for real over and there's a cool, crisp breeze in the air we get this burst of energy to get some shit done.
Blame it on the "back-to-school" syndrome. Or, the energy of the harvesting season. Whatever floats your boat. But it totally happens.
And that's awesome! It's great to have that push to make some serious moves and make some magic happen.
The problem is that we don't give ourselves a chance to wind down from all that madness. Fall quickly turns into winter, which throws us right into the Holiday Season craziness (if you're in the U.S. that shit starts TODAY, November 1st. Mark my words. Christmas commercials are coming.)
Energetically speaking, winter is the time for us to get quiet, turn inward, and rest. But with Thanksgiving followed quickly by Hanukah/Christmas/NewYears etc, instead of winding down we ramp up even MORE.
It's rough on that beautiful bod of yours.
And no matter what time of year it is, we all have those moments of nearing total and utter exhaustion, fatigue and burn-out.
You know the feeling. Waking up after 8 hours of sleep feeling like you never even shut your damn eyes. Intense cravings for sugar/caffeine. Major irritability. Extreme overwhelm.
So what do you do? Here's my 5 step process when I feel myself getting to that tipping point:
Take a Step Back
This is maybe the hardest one, but it is easily the most important. Let's be honest. So many of our commitments, deadlines and expectations are put on us by ourselves. We put SO much pressure on ourselves to get everything done in a day. And sometimes, you gotta hustle, I get it. But when you're nearing that burn-out phase, it's time to take a step back, and be ok with knowing that not everything will get done. Focus on what's necessary, and that's it. Give yourself a break on the rest. It'll get done at a later date, and that's 100% ok.
Fiercely Protect Your Sleep
When you're getting burnt-out, your body needs extra rest to recuperate and rebuild. Our best healing happens during deep sleep, but when we're running around trying to get work, xmas shopping, party planning and more all done at once, sometimes we end up staying up later than we should to fit it all in. It seems counter-intuitive, but this is really the time to be getting to bed as early as possible, and sleeping as much as you can. Sleep should be the non-negotiable here. Schedule that shit in if you need to. Get your full 8-9 hours, and ditch the electronics during that time as well (no TV or scrolling your phone till you fall asleep)
Up Your Water Intake
Increasing your water intake is one of the easiest ways to boost your energy levels. Which is great, because then you're less likely to grab an extra Venti-Mocha-Frappachino with a double shot of espresso and whipped cream (i know that's probably not a thing). It also helps your body with that whole healing thing, so win-win.
Clean Up Your Diet
Look, I know this one can be tough when you're stressed to the max. But hear me out. The most you can support your body in a physical way, the better you will feel. You don't have to make yourself crazy about it. Just try to get in some greens, good fats and clean protein. And try to ditch the sugar.
Incorporate Some Gentle Movement
Working out is typically the first thing to go out the window when you're feeling wiped out, and if you're nearing burn-out a high intensity thing may not be your best bet. If you're feeling frazzled, focus on getting some calming, gentle movement in each day. Things like a long walk and restorative yoga go a long way when it comes to nourishing your nervous system and getting you back to feeling your damn best!
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