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:
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.
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.
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.
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