You are not alone!
No matter who it is, at some point, everyone gets a case of the “I don’t want to’s.” Living life can be mentally and physically exhausting especially with all the things we SHOULD be doing.
For instance, we should brush our teeth for 2 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes, workout for 60 minutes, change our sheets weekly, meal prep, make to-do lists, complete the to-do lists, work for 8+ hours per day.
You get the point.
With how demanding things have become, our lives have turned into filling every second with doing something, and that gets exhausting. So, what can happen? You come down with a bad case of exhaustion.
When you come down with mental and physical exhaustion, you tend to neglect things. In some severe cases, you neglect a lot of things. So what do you do in this situation? My tip is to embrace it, but don’t let it get out of control. You feel this way for a reason, which means your brain or body (or both) probably needs a break, so give it one.
Cancel your appointments, don’t do anything you are dreading to do, learn to let the little things go, and use this time to harness some self-care or family time.
Notice how I said let the little things go?
If you take this time to let everything go, it could become a problem and potentially ruin all the hard work you have put forth thus far. Something to think about doing before exhaustion creeps up on you is make a list of things you value most – Family, Health, Career, etc. Then, list the things you HAVE to do to maintain them: be on time for work, eat healthy, workout X times a week, have family dinner every night, etc. This will prepare you to be ready to tackle the big things and let all others go when needed.
As far as nutrition goes, make sure you are utilizing these simple tricks to avoid getting too far off track:
1. Batch cook and freeze extras
2. Buy steam fresh bags and have them on hand
3. Learn the Plate Method and how to stick to it in every scenario (this is what your nutrition coach can help with)
4. Ask your nutrition coach for some healthy grab and go options in your area
5. See if there is a balanced meal prep option your nutrition coach has partnered with
6. Always keep healthy snacks on hand– in good times and in bad
7. Most importantly, make sure your mind is focused on whole foods not processed. If you don’t know the difference, schedule an appointment with your nutrition coach and ask them to explain it.
It is necessary to slow down sometimes and recognize how your body feels. Identify what is important, and from there, scale back. Your body and mind will thank you.