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Today's all too common thought for the day is "I'm so tired. "
When my kids were little, I would sometimes bribe them with Disney video on Saturday afternoon so I could get a cat nap in just to make it through the rest of the day. I learned to sleep with Pinocchio and Cinderella in the background.
When I worked for a big corporation, my low energy level was a real challenge in keeping up with a full time job schedule. I thought there was something wrong with me.
Turns out I was right. This may be TMI but I share it to let you know I have deep experience with fatigue. I have a diagnosed hypothyroid and have been on a supplement for several years. This was a BIG pain point for me in the past.
What I learned, however, is just taking a pill does not give you enthusiasm for your life.
How about you?
Are you tired? Is it good tired or bad tired? You know the difference.
Good tired is how you feel after a really great day, really great sex, really great workout - your mind is clear, your body relaxed, there is a warm glow in your core.
Good tired comes from having a daily list of to-dos that mostly relate to our soul’s goals and having a lean strategy to achieve them.
Bad tired is exhaustion with no stress relief. You are tired but can’t sleep, and if you do you often wake up in the middle of the night.
Bad tired comes from a schedule filled with too many to-dos that suck you dry. Bad tired can lead us to skip workouts, eat sugar or drink more to feel better and that messes with our sleep, too, so we wake up tired.
Bad tired = bad cycle.
The activities themselves are neutral. Two women can have exactly the same schedule, and one will be good tired at the end of the day and the other will be exhausted. I had a beautiful friend with 4 busy boys and she loved it. (She ended up with one more baby - a girl!) Her schedule would have put me into a coma.
Don't fall into a comparison trap. Don't ask yourself "How does she do it?" -
Ask yourself "What can I do that will leave me feeling good tired instead of exhausted?"
What to DO
These tips have worked for me and others:
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Boss of Me Series #2 - I'm Too Busy