EVER FEEL LIKE LIFE'S JUST PULLING YOU ALONG... ...GOING TOO FAST TO EVEN SIT UP?
Listen, I get it. Life's busy. Sometimes, the kids are lots of work, work is work, marriage feels like work, driving here and there is a brain-drain, dinner and cleanup is work, bedtime is a circus---sometime even just picking your next Netflix binge seems like a daunting task.
And yet, if you know me at all, you know I don't buy into the idea it's "just the way it is". A huge hell no to that, thank-you very much. The purpose of life isn't to hold on so tightly to ideas like you've got to "play hard" for big rewards. The purpose of life is to surrender the control and embrace joy through making peace with your mind. This peace takes place when we enjoy the pace of our lives.
So how do you know when you've really hit your peak point of overdrive and stress? How will you know when you've truly hit your limit?
1.) You can't seem to get a full night's sleep
2.)We all know sleep is crazy important--scientifically proven actually. There's a saying in the Sleep Consultant world, "sleep begets sleep". And the same holds true with sleepless nights feeding into more of that. If anyone has ever seen an overtired baby or toddler you know the outcomes of tired kids--it gets messy. So, why do we think it's any different for us? Lack of sleep, for instance, makes it infinitely harder to: -make decisions (in the yoga world, we might say, harder to listen/trust to your intuitive voice) -follow instructions -feel connected to your body -ascertain what emotions are tied to reality and what are just part of the muddle
2.) You cry or act out angry emotions easily
Remember what I just said about sleepless nights? Well, its no wonder you aren't able to hold much weight in the emotional control arena. It's hard on the mind and the body to be dealing with on-going overwhelm and stress. You might have coping methods you use (deep breathing, massage, etc) but that's not going to always help when the stress takes an emotional toll everyday. Coping methods are good, but won't solve the problem.
If this one resonates with you, you might find yourself: -crying often, something without warning or reason -yelling and acting out anger with family or partners or even strangers -feeling emotionally drained or numb
3.) Self-Care is a foreign concept
When we are in overwhelm or dealing with long-term stress, we tend to forget about our own needs, especially since we often feel like our lives are a series of putting out fires or constantly having to be "on". Losing our self-care practices (because, I mean, there are only so many hours in a day? Right?) means that we tend to let our most basic needs come last, when in fact they are most important during stressful times. Self-care means different things to many people--but at its core, it means you are taking care of your whole being, the mind, body and soul.