Hi everyone! Today I am tired. Energy has been low and I have been pushing to check things off of my to do list. Plus, it’s summer and the kids are home. I think they are enjoying their staycation because I have been doing my best to incorporate something fun into every day. Weekends are also busy due to Tropsical which I am grateful for.
There have been a lot of deaths these past two years and I feel like everyone is going through it. Grief is pretty heavy to carry especially in addition to all of our “regular” day to day struggles. Financially, people are also feeling a pinch and it can be frustrating. There have been a lot of discussions around mental health and specifically depression which is great. If you can afford it, definitely see a therapist or other professional you feel safe with.
I have blogged about intentionality a lot so I don’t want to go too much into it in this post but I think it is important that you regularly check in with yourself. I believe we get caught up and forget that the ups and downs of life have no set timeframe. You could be good today, down tomorrow and back up again the next day or each phase may last a little longer. I started this post saying I am tired. And I am. I have been incorporating pockets of rest into my weeks but I really think I am at the point where I just need to pick a day and stay in bed all day. We are all juggling different hats and it is important that we make time to rest and reset. You aren’t able to do your best work if you aren’t at your best.
Once you are aware of how your feeling physical, you can start to check your emotions and mental health. When you’re tired physically, it puts a strain on everything else and vice versa hence the reason we should be striving for balance. We drive ourselves crazy worrying about things we have no control over. The “what if’s” keep snowballing and suddenly we can feel like we are in over our heads. It is even more portably then to rest. Give your mind a break. You can think better and find solutions with a clear mind and not one running at 100 mph. Life can be difficult but you are equipped to over the obstacles. Let me add that having the right friends can help as well. I had a conversation with a friend the other day and it just made me realize I wasn’t the only one in that situation. Entrepreneurship will kick your butt and it takes a long time before you can reap all of the benefits. But while you wait on the financial gain, you can enjoy the freedom of setting your own schedule. Set some time apart for you.
Remember your why. Remember why you started. Be sure to pick something you like to do because when things get tough, it’s that joy that will see you through. As tired as I can be, I really enjoy making my popsicles and seeing others enjoy them. Stay focused on your goals and take them one step at a time. Don’t worry about how you are going to reach the finish line, focus on getting the next task done and done well. I know it is also easy to look at others and think they have it better but most times they don’t. Don’t allow room for constant comparison. Comparison is still the thief of joy. Instead of being proud of your accomplishments, you will have yourself feeling down because you didn’t accomplish something that wasn’t even for you to accomplish. It is ok to feel down sometimes but question those emotions to see if they are based on fact or fiction. If it turns out you can go a little harder, don’t beat yourself up. Get out of your own way and do what you gotta do.
You can keep living the same life year in and year out or you can challenge yourself to reach for your dreams. You are worthy of more, you are worthy of accomplishing your dreams and you are worthy of being happy. So when the rollercoaster of life dips, know that propulsion is coming and use that to get where you want to be. I get like I had the world on my shoulders this week but I got honest with myself, saw where I could improve and reminded myself where I don’t want to be. So I will be taking some rest soon but then it’s back to the race. It is so very important to check in with yourself. When you’re tired and run down, you will be more willing to compromise and that’s ok sometimes but if we are constantly compromising what we want then we can end up in a cycle that isn’t easy to get out of. This week, take a pen and paper and take stock of your life and do what needs to be done. Even if all that needs to be done is to take some rest.