when your body says stop
I am as guilty as the next person of burning the candle at both ends.
Sometimes, I have to stop and remind myself to stop, before the fire starts.
Maybe you are like me and tend to get engrossed in what you are doing, or keeping pushing through, when your body is on it’s knees.
If so, take some words from the wise – watch for your vulnerability factors, which gently signal when to stop, before your body screams.
What are vulnerability factors?
They are the whispers you get that says ‘hey, slow down.’
They can be different for everybody, but some we shall all share.
Getting a little grumpy or snappy? This is a whisper, a vulnerability factor, saying time to stop whatever you are doing.
Notice that you are tired but still push through? If it is a life and death situation, you won’t have to make the choice to keep pushing. Your brain takes over, engages your nervous system (the fight or flight) and this wonderful system keeps you out of harms way.
If it is not a life or death situation. Stop when you are tired, the chances are the work that you do tired takes twice as long and with more errors!
Skipping meals? Another whisper, saying hey what’s so important that you stop feeding me?
Not sleeping? Now you are leaving the whispers and getting quite an abrupt shove! This is a definite vulnerability factor that needs taking care of. Why?
Your body is telling you it is running out of steam. If you ignore it, you are using up resources you no longer have and are running on adrenalin.
This is not a good place, as more sleepless nights and stress are no longer knocking at your door, they are starting to accompany you everywhere you go.
Many people run for pills or potions. Herbal remedies to calm them down (as that feels more natural), caffeine to pick them up.
Sometimes, just stopping, being aware of your own vulnerability factors, and doing what your body asks, is all you need.
When I ignore my body, a day spent outdoors is often all I need.
I did this a few weekends ago, as a recharge. My reset button is nature. I took myself off, (with a packed lunch, as I am that nerd) came home feeling tired – the nice tired that allows sleep, not the wired tired. Had the best nights sleep in a long time.
The trick is to do this on a regular basis, not to wait until you need it.
I really did bring a packed lunch!