It is often after a holiday period we feel refreshed and restful, energized, and ready to kick into action with newfound enthusiasm, motivation and goals. We might feel pumped, full of aspirations, full of energy. So how do you conserve that? How do you stop yourself from getting burnt out?
If you’re a busy person, it doesn’t take much to get wound up. It’s only when you stop that you actually wind back down. What happens is your benchmark for tolerable energy keeps rising, until you are pushing yourself to greater limits and this is the new ‘normal’. When you come back from a holiday you need to take stock of your energy level, how you feel and where the rest and recuperate play a normal part of your life, rather than pushing yourself from holiday to holiday.
When life becomes busy, we start to prioritise what’s important to us by default. Yet some of those things that are important but not urgent or crisis, we put off. Hey, it’s not until I’m 10 kilos overweight or faint from the iron deficiency that I’ll actually do something about it, right? I’ll take that blood test when I’ve got time, I’ll exercise another day, can’t tomorrow morning because I have to stay up late and do that report.
If you’re setting new goals after a holiday or break, make sure that your health is included in it. If you’re busy, schedule an appointment with yourself once a week. This appointment is for regular check-ups, massages or just plain old meditation.
You make time to service your car, don’t you? You let engines and machines cool down, so they don’t burn out, so why not you? It’s easy to fill our calendar and days with important things, but why not schedule time for your health?
Make a commitment to yourself. Pretend your ‘health’ is an important client, customer or associate you have regular meetings with. They’re a big deal. Would you stand them up? Constantly reschedule or worse still cancel them for someone else?
. I'm going to make sure I make a commitment to myself to give myself that health time. To look after myself and to conserve my energy.
What is your way of focusing on energy levels without getting bogged down with work or sitting in front of your computer? Researchers are now saying sitting is worse than smoking.
- A Facebook live declaring your goals, in 12 months’ time it will come back as a memory. You can see how well you stuck to your goals.
- Set an alarm to remind you to start winding down at night.
- Make a weekly appointment with your health
- Sacrifice your health appointments for anything! Treat them like your number 1 customer.
- Lose sight of your energy benchmark. Don’t let it move.
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About the Author:
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programmes, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.