I slept in til 11:30am today and it was fabulous!
I can’t remember the last time I slept that late. This week has been crazy busy, go, go, go! It actually was supposed to be a “down” week, but that was not the case. I just wrapped up my Warrior weekend full of adrenaline pumping activities like fire eating, brick breaking, and zip lining, along with Mastery seminars focusing on important life areas, including relationships, health, money, and spirituality. It was an amazing four days of self-discovery, which I will be sharing more about in the near future, and at the conclusion of it, I was mentally invigorated and physically tired! I had hoped this week to catch up on sleep, but that wasn’t the case. My week was jam packed with coaching and massage clients, being interviewed for a podcast, planning an amazing mindfulness retreat, and working on content for my book promotion. Plus I scheduled some “fun time” to catch up with friends who I haven’t seen in awhile. So much fun and I am super grateful for all the opportunities and experiences this week, but needless to say, I took advantage of a lazy Saturday morning in.
The overachiever in each of us often times does not take time to listen to their body or trust their intuition that something is off. It isn’t until we have a full blown melt down that we realize we have been pushing ourselves way too hard. I am all about challenging myself to the next level, but I am learning how to respect my body and create boundaries for myself, to essentially protect myself from myself. This is why I might turn down the invitation to go out, the extracurricular project, or delay the writing process (which is why this week’s post is 2 days late!). When you need a break, you need a break, and to my knowledge there is no award out there for pushing yourself so hard to the point of exhaustion. Above everything else, honor your body.
It’s all about self-protection. Just as you learn skills to protect yourself physically from attackers, learning skills to protect yourself from burnout and meltdowns is so valuable. So today I would like to share with you 3 tips on How to Protect Yourself From Yourself:
1. Do it because you love it, not because you have to.
We all get sucked into obligations, whether we are people pleasers, feel like we “should” be doing something, or just too tired to say no. When you choose to do something, do it because you love it. Do it because it is aligned with who you are as an individual. This will eliminate some of the other activities that play the role of distractions or are just not necessary to who you are.
2. Emotions drive the bus.
Our emotional states are everything. If you are depressed or anxious, the results you are going to get are going to reflect this. If you are feeling run down, overworked, and beat up, how are you going to serve others to your highest level of capacity? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but..it’s not going to happen. Emotions drive the bus. Fill up the bus with fuel that emotes confidence, gratitude, hopefulness, and joyfulness and that is going to take you to those respective destinations.
3. Trust yourself.
Trust the way your body feels. Trust that inner voice. We all have the ability to make the best decisions for ourselves and often we ignore our instincts or second guess ourselves. Trust your gut reaction when taking on new projects as the absolute truth; you know exactly what you need.
How often do you protect yourself from yourself? What are the areas you need to break out your ninja skills to protect yourself? Please share your stories in the comments below!
I plan to take the rest of the weekend with no agendas or to do lists and am absolutely ok with that. I hope you will do the same! Have a great weekend and until next time, stay mindful and stay present.