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Life gets crazy, doesn’t it?
It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by your goals – wanting to reach a state of perfection – that things start spinning in circles around your head. This happens to me sometimes (even though I know it’s crazy to expect so much) and momentum can be a hard thing to break. MORE
Then good habits are neglected and work continues to pile up; holidays are forgotten, empowerment sessions ignored, coaching lessons lost, meditation skipped, exercise deferred and good eating habits go down the drain.
It’s a worst-case scenario – but I’ll bet it’s happened to a lot of you at least once, if not more often.
Sometimes I think people are trying to become a new type of superhuman: Incredible Workaholics. These spin offs from humanity roam the offices in their pressed three-piece suits, taking power lunches and always appearing in a rush. They don’t need relaxation, they don’t need to watch their diets, they don’t need sleep, and they never suffer from mood swings or cravings or panic attacks. They’re superhuman.
But they’re also science fiction.
The body – my body, your body, everyone’s body – relies on stabilizers like sleep, proper nutrition, and relaxation to cope with the work it is given. Living your life at either extreme (lazy sloth or superhuman worker) is a dangerous habit.
The thing is, even when we don’t realize it, our body will try to cope with any trauma it encounters – and being overworked is traumatic for the body.
So how might your body (subconsciously) lash out? Recognize these symptoms?
These are all symptoms of an out-of-control life. One way or another, your mind and body will try to reassert themselves (grab whatever limb or rope or hand that’s offered) and, if you aren’t careful, maybe cling to a self-destructive outlet like eating jars of peanut butter at 2 o’clock in the morning.
If you recognize these symptoms, don’t let yourself slip further. Here are some ways to stop the madness:
Life gives me lots of reasons to panic, and that’s when I try to remember the reasons for calming down.
Say it with me: “I’m not superhuman. I can only do so much.” It’s OK to not get everything done at once, really.
Have you ever been caught in this wheel of productivity and lost track of nourishing yourself? We’d love to hear about your experiences. Please share your comments.
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