There is no doubt that exhaustion depletes your resilience reserves … everything looks and feels better on a good nights sleep. When we are under pressure, however, we often tend to give up (or let go of) things we feel are less urgent or important, things that seem ‘optional’ and yet all too often these are exactly the things that nourish us and shore us up, allowing us to replenish and refuel.
Avoid allowing yourself to go down the ‘exhaustion funnel’ where you leave yourself with only work or survival stressors to focus on, it is not helpful. Listen to your heart, listen to your body, listen to your intuition so that you don’t abandon yourself at your time of greatest need. Depression, stress, anxiety, and exhaustion have become global epidemics … and the only way to avoid them is to stop yourself from feeding your bad habits by constantly withdrawing from your internal bank account. Contrary to popular belief exhaustion is not a badge of honour – and thinking that it is, is a reflection of our currently rather toxic definition of success. Exhaustion is in fact your body and soul begging to be noticed and treated with some compassionate awareness.
How? Make different choices. Put your nutrition, rest and exercise at the top of the list. Prioritise time for rest, play and renewal as well as work. Do things every day that make you happy and bring you a sense of joy. Set aside a minimum of 5-10 minutes a day to sit alone in silence. Notice your tendency to over-think and drive yourself crazy with thought… only you have the power to change this. I love this quote by William James – “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” Today let that thought be “I matter, my health matters, and today I am choosing what is good for me.” Honour yourself today by choosing to turn away from exhaustion and toward nurturing, nourishment and rest. Tomorrow you can choose again, and who knows, you may just have enough energy to see the world through a different lens.
Written by Gabi Lowe