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Are You Running On Empty?

Are You Running On Empty?

If I’ve learned anything through coaching women through sustainable health changes, it’s this: Most women don’t check in with ourselves nearly enough. Even when we’re stressed out, we keep chugging forward, helping everyone but ourselves, until we find ourselves running on empty and ready to break.

This is the time of year where life always starts feeling a bit frantic. 

Kids are heading back to school. Families are trying to squeeze in that last little bit of summer fun. Temperatures are dropping. We’re starting to think about the holiday season, which will be here before we know it.

This year, with the added stress of the pandemic, that sense of overwhelm seems to be hitting twice as hard. So if you feel like your batteries are totally depleted, you’re not alone.

When we get to THAT level of exhaustion, even taking time for self-care can begin to feel like a chore. Sure, you could take a long, indulgent bubble bath … But that would put you three steps behind on everything else you hoped to accomplish today, which would just leave you feeling even more stressed.

So today, I wanted to talk a little bit about how our simplest, most seemingly mundane activities can ALSO be a form of recharging, if we look at them through the right lens. 

This week (like most weeks), I had a long list of tasks in front of me. We had appointments at the dentist. We took my son to apply for his learner’s permit. I need to do my daily workouts. And I met up with an old high school friend for dinner. Add that to my work/coaching schedule and whatever unexpected stuff comes up, and you can see that there’s not a lot of room leftover for traditional “self-care” activities.

But here’s the thing: I know that checking off those tasks is going to make me feel better. For me, crossing things off a to-do list releases mental weight and leaves me feeling lighter. So even though I wouldn’t typically label going to the dentist as my preferred form of recharging, it IS going to put me in a better headspace and leave me with a sense of accomplishment. (Plus it *is* true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)

Do you ever feel that way about tasks in your life? Do you experience that same sense of relief after a really productive, focused day? 

If so, I want to challenge you to reframe you’re looking at your tasks for the week ahead. See if you can approach some of your must-dos from a slightly different angle to make them feel less like sources of stress and MORE like opportunities for recharging.

Looking for more tips on practical ways to eat, move, and recharge more intentionally? Join me over in my free Facebook Group, Never Diet Again, where I post daily tips, inspiration, and strategies to help you live a more sustainably healthy life. 

Are you running on empty?

As they say, "gotta put the mask on yourself before you help others"

Posted by Dawn McGee, Nutrition Coach on Thursday, August 27, 2020
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