When to lie low
There’s a time to jam and a time to chill. A wise person can know where she stands and adjust her speed accordingly. We all have deadlines and eras in life when time is tight and compressed; if we know how to protect ourselves during these time, they can be filled with energy, excitement, and momentum. But we can’t stay in hyperdrive for long, and if we don’t learn how to turn it off, we can get burned out or burned up.
That’s how our economy is set up- the constant grind. If you can work your way off that hamster wheel, you’ll find yourself in a much healthier position in life.
If you’re stuck in such a lifestyle, it is prudent to understand the ebb and flow of these rhythms and adjust your own velocity manually. This means knowing when to slow down. You still may need to go through certain motions, but the lesson is about learning to identify the moments when you need to be redlining and the moments when you can – and should – intentionally take your foot 🦶 off the gas ⛽️.
Today let’s examine the bigger cycles of your busy life. Are you in a “push hard and get there” phase, or are you between deadlines? Are you required to leave it all on the court right now, or can you ease off the gas and replenish your reserves? Only you can determine this.
One thing to take into account is your current energy level. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 Being the highest energy), how much do you have right now?
A score of 1 means you can hardly get out of bed and are totally depleted, and a 6 means you’re doing okay but certainly not feeling great. What’s your honest answer to this?
Now here’s the kicker: If you were to factor your willpower out of the equation, then what would your number be? You see, most of us are forcing energy out to keep up with the demands of our lives. We use our willpower to keep us in overdrive so we can get through, and our bodies, our minds, and our relationships are paying the price. What’s your honest number if you factor out willpower?
Now take that number and think about what you need to do for yourself to bring it up and feel better. When can you slow down? How would you do it?
Today take 30 minutes and simply only do what you feel like doing. This may turn into a nap, since most of us are usually exhausted. That’s fine. It’s a step in the right direction, which honours the spirit of today’s gong. From there, tonight start to think about what else you think would help bring balance in your life.
Can you take a week in the countryside? Maybe you can factor in a day off now and then to go to the spa and catch your breath. Perhaps you need to learn to mediate and at least slow your roll on your daily burn. Each life is different, and we all need our own medicine to come to balance. What would your medicine be?
Now that you’ve taken a honest look at your energy levels and thought about what you may need to bounce back, look at your calendar 📆 and book some downtime for yourself.
Make it a date, a trip, a sabbatical, or whatever it needs to be. Book it, and honour it. You’ll need the energy to get through life with your health and sanity intact.
When can you pull over and take a breather? Book it in your calendar 📆 today.