A couple months ago I found myself stressed out and feeling like I was constantly going. I imagined myself as a mouse on a wheel, spinning away and not getting anywhere. I had to take a step back and look at what was going on in my life that led me to feel this way. It’s not good for me, my family, or my clients when I am tired and over-stressed. I had to identify those things in my life that were pulling me down and below is the worksheet I used to help me with this. I identified several areas in which I could make changes. I was expecting myself to be Supermom and Superwife! One example: I was making breakfast for Max every morning, which included scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. If I couldn’t meet my own expectation, I would be frustrated and disappointed. I finally had to make a choice that breakfast would sometimes be as simple as a banana and cereal bar. I know what some of you are thinking, but hey, everyone’s got something right?!
Whether you have no kids, one kid, multiple kids, plus or minus a spouse and pets, life can get busy! It’s so easy for us to forget about ourselves and get into the routine of tackling the day-to-day tasks on our list. What’s not even mentioned in the above scenario is all the emotional drama you may be carrying around with you all day, such as financial stress or dealing with a difficult co-worker. Emotional energy is just as draining as anything else.
When I say “energy drainers”, I am referring to people, situations, activities, obligations and responsibilities that take physical and emotional energy from our day, such as baseball practice, long hours at work, etc. “Energy givers” are just the opposite of an energy drainer. Energy givers may be as simple as eating breakfast in the morning, daily devotions, and exercise.
I encourage anyone to make a list of their energy drainers and energy givers. Eliminate those areas of your life that drain you and add in those things that give you energy. You don’t have to be a Superhero!