Got Exhaustion?

Got Exhaustion?

January 04, 2021

By: Brooke Davidson // @brooke_being

 

 

Decision fatigue, Zoom fatigue, and plain old tiredness have been PROMINENT in our society lately. And what better tell of our “go go go” society than the language surrounding exhaustion which often urges people to “fight” or “combat” exhaustion -- as if they have the energy to do so!

It’s important to remember that increasing our activity levels is only going to make us more tired. Here is what I therefore recommend you do the next time you feel exhausted:

 

1. Acknowledge Your Exhaustion

As with most things, admission is the first step. Recognize moments when you are tired (for a few hours or maybe within a single day) as compared to moments of true exhaustion -- sustained tiredness across days (weeks, months..). Only by being honest with yourself in this regard will you be able to move forward with intention.

 

2. Create Space

And I mean this on all levels. Physically, clean your house and workspaces. Organize and tidy up your room. Clear out your email inbox. Our energy is affected by our physical spaces; clear those up and you might feel a little calmer on the inside.

Internally, this looks like giving yourself down time. Say “no” to social events and other such obligations. Turn off the TV and set aside your phone; give your brain a break from so many stimuli.

And once you’ve created this space and stillness for yourself, allow yourself to sink into it. What does it feel like to sit outside without any agenda? What does it feel like to have a single plan (maybe going for a hike with the dog) on your day’s agenda? Resist the urge to fill your time by having at least a full single day of space in this way.

 

3. Re-energize

Once you’ve given yourself a day (or 4!) of space, you can begin to cultivate positive energy by mindfully participating in activities that energize you in all the right ways. Creating something - making a new meal, building a piece of furniture, crocheting a scarf - tends to cultivate a very nourishing form of energy, so that can be a great way to re-energize after a break.

Alternatively, you can think of any activity that generally leaves you energized, and then make it happen for yourself. Let your first post-break activity be something that infuses (as opposed to drains) you. This will help create a healthy baseline from which you can begin to re-engage with the rest of your life again.

 

Exhaustion is, ultimately, something to take seriously in your life. We all know the old adage that “You can’t pour from an empty cup” but beyond that, we aren’t cups; we’re living things that need more than just a single substance to fill us up. We need nourishment on so many levels, and to let any of those levels remain depleted (much less many at the same time) only leads to more stress and challenge in this life. We are here to live fully. And to do that, we must acknowledge moments of exhaustion and address them mindfully.

 

 

 

Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Yoga Tools & Tips

How to Slow Down
How to Slow Down

August 11, 2021

When I was 16 I got my first job. In the application and interview processes, I was coached to say things like “I’m good at multitasking” and “I can work in a fast-paced environment” -- things that would, unbeknownst to my 16 year old self, feed into the western world’s notion of “busy is better.” Years later, I realized that while I don’t enjoy monotony, I definitely don’t work best in a fast-paced environment where I have to multitask. In fact, according to a variety of research out there, most people do better in a slower and more focused environment. Studies have shown that “multitasking increases our brain’s production of cortisol, a hormone that creates stress. Once we’re stressed and mentally fatigued, anxiety builds up. And this leads to stress builds up. It’s a vicious cycle of constant stress and anxiety” (Oshin). But even if we recognize how we might benefit from slowing down -- even if we see the need and have the desire -- how do we actually make it happen?

Read More

Building Self-Confidence (in 30 Minutes or Less!)
Building Self-Confidence (in 30 Minutes or Less!)

July 25, 2021

I’ve never yet met a person who would prefer to feel timid as opposed to confident. In truth, it seems pretty straight forward that we’d all like to feel comfortable in our own skin and while walking through this life. However, it’s not always easy to make that happen. With some targeted work and persistence, we can systematically build our own self-confidence and move through the world with our chins held a bit higher. Check out the ideas below - separated out by timeframes - for some inspiration.

Read More

Naps: They're Not Just for Children
Naps: They're Not Just for Children

July 25, 2021

We know that naps are helpful for children. A bad mood, overt drowsiness, and a need for reset can all be mitigated through the simple grace of some shut eye. But what we don’t often talk about is how many of those same issues are still present in adulthood and can still, indeed, be helped via a nap. As we age, naps can continue to play an important role in our wellness through their myriad benefits.

Read More

Win a FREE Tada Rug

Each month we give away a FREE Tada Rug of your choice to one lucky winner.