I tend to go go go until I crash, and this week….I crashed. I can always tell that I’m losing steam when our normally clean house starts to get cluttered or messy, or I have a harder and harder time waking up in the morning. I can tell that a crash is coming if the things that are normally easy (like making dinner or answering an email) suddenly seem overwhelming, and once in a blue moon I’ll find myself fighting to keep my eyes from shutting at my desk. The most upsetting part of the crash is that my workouts, the highlight of my day, start to SUCK. There is nothing fun about a crappy half-assed workout. The kind where even sweating feels like hard work. Yeah, crashes reeeeaaaally cramp my steez.
So. The crash. I usually shower twice a day (I looove showers), but Wednesday night I just couldn’t do it. I’ll shower in the morning, I told myself. I really thought I would….but come Thursday morning I was so tired that the idea of even getting in the shower made me want to cry. I threw on a t-shirt and some jeans, pulled my hair into a pony tail, and headed out the door to work. As I was driving I realized that I was clearly in the middle of a lack-of-energy-crisis, and that I was in desperate need of a ‘me’ day. Me days are important, we all need them. Sometimes the one hour of me time that I allot just doesn’t cut it and my body starts to protest until I can’t ignore it. Generally I get sick with a cold and then I’m forced to slow down. So today will be a me day. A day where I don’t worry about other people, a day where I recuperate and repair and revamp.
The great thing about recognizing that you are in a crash is that you can stop it before it gets out of control. Learn to recognize the signs and address them when the decline begins. Take that rest day, or the half-day from work. Schedule a sitter and go get a facial, or meditate on the beach. Drink some tea, read a book. Turn off your phone. Tune out the world. Breathe and relax. Remember that even super moms and super women and super people need a break sometimes-and just in case you need some inspiration, check out the beautiful calm beaches below….I wanna go! Happy Friday, loves.