Therapy for Women: Exhausted to Elated!
In my Therapy for Women work, I hear clients constantly talk about never having enough energy. There are many different types of energy and all require different ways of nurturing them.
Today, I’d like us to look at your physical energy. What is that exactly? Well, it has to do with your body. How much get up and go do ya have? Now, stop rolling your eyes! I saw that! Sure, we envy the boundless energy our kids seem to have, but the bone tired exhaustion we experience day in and day out isn’t what we’re shooting for either.
We’re all about finding balance here at Vibrantly Live. So how do we find balance when it comes to our physical energy? Well, let’s go back to the basics…
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yes, I DID pull the old exercise card. I know, I know – I sound like your doctor now. But c’mon…We both know we feel better when we get moving. Now, trust me, I know life’s busy. I’m not saying you’ve got to run out and get a gym membership you use 3 times a week for at least an hour a pop! No way! But are you doing something??? No, driving the car does NOT count. 🙂
Therapy for Women Truth #1: The more you move the more energy you’ll have.
It’s time to start getting a little creative in this area, rather than continuing to use the old standby “I don’t have time for that.” Let go of “exercise” and think more about “movement.” We have so many hang ups about what is and isn’t exercise.
Eat & drink right
Nothing new here when it comes to how to take care of ourselves. We’ve heard this thousands of times, right? But what’s stopping you from doing it? Is it that you don’t like the taste of water? You don’t have enough time to cook healthy meals? Your kids are picky eaters? Trust me; I’ve heard every excuse in the book! But again, it comes down to quality of life.
Therapy for Women Truth #2: We reap what we sow
It’s super easy to get stuck in all or nothing thinking. You don’t have to live like a rabbit and only drink water. What’s one small change you can make? Maybe it’s one less glass of wine in the evening? Maybe it’s one piece of fruit a day?
Get some sleep
Burning the candle at both ends is not a part of a healthy regimen. That “one more thing” you think must be done before you go to bed, will only get you puffy eyes and a sluggish brain tomorrow. Think about it. If you got 7-8 hours of sleep, you could think more clearly and would work more efficiently – thus – getting more things done.
Therapy for Women Truth #3: Sleep deprivation impacts all forms of energy.
Sleep is how we renew. Without enough, our body start breaking down everywhere. Yes, we’ll be physically tired, but mentally we can’t make good decisions. Emotionally, we don’t have the buffers needed when life gets hard. Everything comes tumbling down.
Have I shared anything dramatically new today? No! This is all stuff we know, but choose to live believing we’ll “get around to it”. But what if you don’t? What if you continue to put yourself and your needs last? What if, in neglecting your body, you get sick? All of us know that’s a possibility, but we choose to live in denial; that we can just keep neglecting our bodies and they’ll hang in there. Getting sick may or not be a long way off, but take a sec and ask yourself if you’re feeling exhausted. That’s NOT normal – even for a busy working mom!!!
Here’s your Vibrantly Live Challenge:
Choose just 1 area from today. Come up with one small, healthy change. If you’re not sure what to do, ask someone you trust. And then, by all means find the support you need. We are creatures of habit. Without support and accountability, we go right back to the habits we’re trying to change! Until next time – get out there and vibrantly live!