Are you making yourself sick when what you need is time off to rest and relax?
Do you have accidents when all you really wanted was a break?
I found myself recently getting sick. I had a slight head cold over New Year’s Weekend.
I took the next 4 days off and did very little, even when I started feeling better, I decided to lay low.
It was a holiday weekend and not feeling well was a good excuse to stay in and rest.
I’d been running like crazy.
I’ve been focusing on my new business, in addition to my already busy schedule.
Then, something else happened.
An emotional drama occurred in my world and I immediately began feeling a sore throat.
It was immediately after this emotional trauma happened.
This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
GREAT!!! I thought.
Just what I needed, some sickness.
I knew exactly what was happening.
I had no where to truly express my frustration and anger about the situation.
I was exhausted from going balls to the wall for the last few months and not taking enough time to rest.
This one more thing happens and I have tapped myself out.
Fortunately, I wasn’t completely laid out, but it was enough to make me realize I am creating this so I can rest.
I am NOT listening to myself nor my body.
Now, I’ve created something to “force” me to stop and take care of me.
Here is another example.
I have a friend doing something similar.
Working and going to school and, in the midst of that, attempting to have some social life.
She had an accident on her motorcycle.
A minor one, so to speak, but it has laid her up for who knows exactly how long.
We were very recently speaking to how tired she felt, how she didn’t have time to do anything but work and school. Only a short time left of school and, then, she’ll be packing to move out of state.
Alot of stuff going on.
Can you see the common thread?
Situations like this are created when we are NOT honoring what we need to take care of our mind, body and spirit.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as our attitude toward how busy we are.
We can become fixated on how worn out we are and forget to take care of us.
Most of our crazy busy situations like this are temporary.
When we remember it is temporary, like the holidays, we can hold an attitude that serves us and helps us stay focused on the direction we are going.
When we focus on how tired we feel or complain about the busyness we created in our life, it can lead us down this path of illness or accidents.
These kinds of circumstances can happen because of the energy we’ve created around and in us. (the tired and complaining…)
When we don’t listen and run ourselves into the ground, this is our bodies way of getting our attention.
We’re not listening, “well, then, maybe now you’ll stop or slow down.” it reminds us.
I am inviting you consider your own life, how busy you are and your attitude about your creation.
Is it serving you?
Are you listening and taking care of you?
Do you get sick often?
Are there other symptoms?
Simple things to do to take care of ourselves is usually the best answer.
I’m speaking to the situations we created that add to our already busy schedules.
IE: deadlines we may have for work, kids schedules, whatever it is you added for the short term, holidays (the one most can relate to easily)
~Focus on the vision or goal.
~Take breaks often- simply giving yourself a short break from the task at hand,
allows you to refocus on it.
~When you take this short break, go for a walk, drink some water, go to the
bathroom. Distract yourself for a few minutes.
~Close your eyes for 5 minutes and take deep breaths. It will reground and center
you, as well, as bring oxygen to your brain and body.
~Look at what is right in front of you, do that. Instead of becoming overwhelmed
with the big picture. I know, seems counter to the 1st one. The vision keeps you
moving, while chunking down the details that are being done toward it.
~Put your day on a calendar and do the next thing on the calendar, stay focused
on that. It’ll keep you moving forward through, instead of immobilizing you or
adding feelings of “too much to do”