Days when we are exhausted. Drained. Sick of it.
The world can be an exhausting place. [Yes, it can be an energizing place as well…but today we are talking about the tired.]
Days where you don’t want to face it. Can’t face it. Feel overwhelmed. Angry. Sad. Nothing.
Life is ups and downs.
So, if you have been feeling especially low these last days, weeks, months…there are a few tips you could try. Any of these. Any one of these. If the thought of doing a specific one of the following makes you say Meh, then that’s not the one for you.
*Take a walk; get outside; move. Five minutes is a start.
*Drink some water
*Take 30 minutes and clean. Put things away where they belong, make a bed, straighten your desk. Pick a room and get it looking great. [If you think you can’t afford to take that time, we get it. We really do. But we also have felt the experience when you take that time and it changes the day.] Even better, take an hour. Set a timer and stop.
*Phone a friend. If you have someone in your life who is supportive, encouraging, makes you laugh. This is a great one. If you don’t have that someone or don’t feel strong enough to reach out, that’s ok.
*Watch what you eat. Yes, carbs will make you feel better. Chocolate is a happy idea. But they can also give you a crash. Depending on your preferences, may protein is a good idea. Maybe even a granola bar or some slices of cucumber. As healthy and real as you can get with your food, the better that fuel is for you.
*Change your environment. Yep – this is the biggie. The Feng Shui one. Do you have things in your space you don’t love? Do you have things in your home, office, home office, garage that bug the heck out of you? Do you have objects that remind you of pain or a person who is not the best for you? There is a saying, move 27 things in your house to feel a shift in your chi. You would be surprised how easy it is to get 27 things. Put a pair of gloves where they go – that’s 2. Throw away some old magazines, that’s more. Not enough light in one room – move a lamp from one room to another. That’s another. Move, shift, move, shift.
*Look to your hobbies. Read, knit, garden, dance, do a puzzle, look at the stars. Maybe those sound cheesy; maybe you don’t know what your hobbies are. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
*Take a nap. Similar to the “I don’t have time to clean” from above, we are learning that naps are absolutely ok. Thirty minutes even. Ongoing exhaustion could be a nutrition issue or a health issue, so maybe also try water or a snack.
*Turn off the news. We can’t say this loud enough. We can’t say this enough. The news is not the way to feel better. Maybe you love a good feel good movie or cooking show. Awesome. But maybe even turning off the tv for an hour is even better.
*Get off social media. Talk about a drain. Sure there are funny cat videos, and checkins from friends. But there are more drains to your life in social media than anything else. Let’s say that again: social media is a huge drain of energy and life. Get your teens off it too.
*See a doctor. Prolonged times of low energy and exhaustion is a problem. Don’t feel bad. This is what they do. You could have a physical, health issue that can possibly be resolved. You could have depression or anxiety. These are also real. Very real. They are not in your head.
*Recognize everyone is going through something right now. Have you checked on your neighbor; your kids are experiencing school, friends, sports in crazy ways; is grandma alone more than she’s ever been? Help them find something on the list that they can do for themselves. Empower and encourage. Maybe make them a snack too.
We are definitely NOT trying to oversimplify the challenges any one person has. The world is complex. Diverse. Your perceptions and history, experiences and life are different than everyone else.
What we are trying to do is encourage you to take One Baby Step. Shift the chi in your life.
Whether through your actions and activities, through your physical space, through your mind and soul. One. Baby. Step. The tired have a really hard time with the one baby step. So do it, or force yourself through it. That baby step gets you through today. That baby step is a catalyst. Take another baby step tomorrow until it becomes a habit.
Getting your chi moving is one of the best ways to influence your life, your future, your family, your job, and how you get through each day.
We fiercely believe in ripples. It starts with one drop.