Today is the first day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the Month of May. I have chosen to post about Ways to Generate Energy in Your Life for this month.
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“It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol”- Brené Brown
On any given day, the laundry list of things to do is generally longer than there are hours you have to do them. Managing a hectic schedule is common. So much so, that it’s also quite common to answer the question “how are you?” with the simple phrase- “really busy!”
Being So Busy — Not Good
Being busy is exhausting, but as Brené Brown points out, being exhausted is somehow seen as a status symbol. The messages are loud and clear-
- Sleep when you’re dead
- No rest for the weary
- The early bird gets the worm
Sure, it’s good to be eager, willing, and able to be all things to all people and do everything possible to be a success. No one is being critical for people having drive but driving too hard and being exhausted all the time isn’t a badge of honor.
Being run down and worn out makes people susceptible to illnesses and injuries which can really sideline their plans and take them out of the game. It’s important to determine if your energy levels can manage the expectations you…and others, put on your time. Making sure that you are doing all you can to-
- Create a realistic schedule
- Also create realistic expectations
- Create realistic levels of energy
What Can your Schedule Allow?
You may not have 100% control of your schedule, but you can manage the aspects that are within your control. Creating a realistic schedule that works for you and your family helps set boundaries when you’ve reached your limit. Saying yes to every invitation and ask won’t leave room for generating the energy you need for what matters most. Create a realistic schedule that takes into account the unique needs you and your family have.
What are the Realistic Expectations?
Your unique life doesn’t look like your neighbor’s, co-workers, or other family member’s. Your life is unique to you and the expectations placed on you and your family. Based on your family dynamic, what are the expectations coming in and how realistic are they? If you are working full time, juggling kids and sports, it may not be an option for volunteering for a community event. It’s ok to set limits on what you say yes to in order to preserve your energy. Just because someone else has room in their schedule for something, it doesn’t mean you do too. Don’t feel pressured to take on more when you’ve reached your limit.
What is your Energy Level Like?
Everyone has a current level of energy that comes from a variety of sources. Eating right, getting enough rest, and staying fit all help create more energy. The energy you have is directly tied to how well you are taking care of yourself. Be sure that you are doing all you can to stay healthy and generate more energy.
Being tired isn’t a necessity. Controlling your schedule and doing what you can to create and maintain a healthy amount of energy helps keep clear boundaries so you can check everything off your to-do list with ease.
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