Stuck. Overwhelmed. Exhausted.
You're doing your own head in again. Wondering why you are here and what on Earth you need to do to get yourself out of this deep dull feeling of feeling unfulfilled. Or you know why you're here and are annoyed at yourself why you can't seem to move forward. It's like you're stuck in your tracks.
Being on a mission, clear on your purpose and direction seems to be a far away dream right now. You know you're here for a reason, you just don't know what it is that you're meant to be doing. Or you know roughly what it is, you just don't know how to get the ball rolling to living it and get rid of the road blocks that keep popping up.
Have you ever wondered what got you to experience this level of feeling unfulfilled and/or stuck in the first place? ...
Times are speeding up and people seem to be doing a whole heap of stuff and still aren't getting anywhere. If you're one of them, don't worry, you're not alone (I was there too for a while).
Yes it seems to be a modern epidemic that people race themselves ragged.
I had to wake up and was forced to look at the way I was doing things for the first time when I got really sick with only 16. It took months before I found Natural Therapies which got me better within a few days!
Back then, I realised three key things that would change my life and later way of treating people forever...
Have you ever had one of those moments when your boss/parent/partner/friend gives you a go ahead on something, you start planning and preparing, only to find out that a few days later, they pull out again?
Have you ever been in the position yourself that you've gone and excitedly said yes to something, only to find a day or two later you feel really wrong about it? Even worse, now that you've already said yes, you feel terrible because the others are counting on you?
Well in that case, I'd suggest you take off your shoes right now. Yes that's right. Go on :)
Now check the gap between your big toe and your second toe.
Is there a bigger gap? or are they sitting tightly next to each other? ....
You've been giving, giving, giving again. You care, look after, help out and run around for others. Most often you put yourself last, as that's what we tend to do with the things we know deep down are most important. A part in you knows that if you weren't well, everything would fall apart. You are needed. So you keep pressing on.
Stress is one thing. Extended prolonged periods of stress and pushing yourself too hard another.
Are you watching out for the signs of burn out?
Are you aware of the signs and signals your body is sending you, so you can kick back a gear or two and take the pressure off?
It is so important to catch exhaustion before it develops into a full blown adrenal burn out. Once it hits you, you're so fatigued and wiped out that you can't even get out of bed anymore.
Some of the first signs and signals are slightly disguised and we tend to ignore them, or mistake them for mood swings or hormonal issues. The other warning signals are easily brushed off under the excuse of 'it's busy having a young family', 'work's just busy', 'they need me, I have to do it' etc.
To make it easier to pin point when burn out is slowly creeping its way into your life, I've put together a list of 15 questions to ask yourself: ..
Have you ever flicked through a clothing catalogue and then filled in the order form?
Did you ever send it off with just a note saying “I’d like a singlet.”?
I mean, what sort of colour, size, product number did it have? Surely you would have made sure that the company receiving the order would have known EXACTLY what you want! You would have stipulated the amount, the colour, size, shape, material, look, price, everything. Just to make sure you would get EXACTLY what you wanted.
Well, it’s much like that with the universe.
Plantar fasciitis is the painful inflammation of the band of ligaments that runs from the toes to the heel of the foot.
Once the swelling subsides and the initial, severe foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is under control, you can begin some simple rehab techniques: massaging and stretching.
The 3 Easiest & Best Steps to recover from this painful condition with the greatest results are these:
You've got big plans, you've got lots on your plate, people depending on you, and you subsequently put yourself further behind than you know you should. But we do it anyway. Why? Because thoughts take over like 'the busy time will hopefully be over soon' or 'I'll be ok. Just one more thing.'
But it doesn't have to be this way, and that's why I used this 'unintended time out' to really reassess and let it be a catalyst for change in my life and way that I had set it up.
So, to remind myself and all of us, of how important it is to balance out a busy lifestyle with lots of self-care and awareness - even in, and especially in! - busy times, I put together a checklist.
This list is for all of us busy bees and it will (hopefully ;) ) keep reminding us of what we need to do EVERY SINGLE day to feel - and keep feeling! - good! ...
Bookings, appointments, to do lists, pressure. Who doesn't have any or all of these in their life? Our lives are complex. Our lives can be overwhelming. I can't count the amounts of clients anymore that I've been seeing over the past few months alone who have been feeling swamped. Overloaded. Under pressure.
Don't get me wrong; I so totally get it!
I've been waking up with a full head too. It's a crazy time and my lists take on the length of small intestines (everyone knows just how long these ones are, right?!). If I'm not careful, my thoughts swamp my being!
I need to consciously hold out my hand and say stop!
And because I know how these easy but powerful tips to simplicity could benefit you too, I'd like to share them with you today..
We are already halfway through the year, but it's not too late to create the most fantastic year yet!
If you are feeling a bit lost, overwhelmed and down on yourself, take the pressure off. Take a step back and b r e a t h e.
Life can be busy and full of to-do-lists, but the only person who can change this for us is us.
And have you been standing in your own way?
Have you been telling yourself that you can't do it - and therefore keep proving to yourself that you truly can't, by constantly setting yourself up for failure?
Or do you feel deep down that you don't deserve it? That you must work hard in order to achieve it and that things don't drop from the sky?
There are all sorts of beliefs that...
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck. We feel agro, overwhelmed, burdened, not right. Angry and frustrated, we helplessly watch ourselves burdened with something we deem we can't escape from. Tiny things can then trigger us into massive reactions.
So, how can we shift from a state of powerlessness and feeling stuck to one of self empowerment instead?
Has it entered your life... again? This numbing feeling of contraction in the stomach. This tightness, tension, pulling in your core?
You feel like you won't ever reach your dreams. They are too big and who are you to believe you could reach them?
You might feel you're not qualified enough.
Not good enough. Not authority enough. You might not feel it's perfect enough. Not yet. So you hold back.
You doubt, you worry, you think. And worse:
Self doubt freezes you in your tracks. It cripples. And it eats you.
Why is it, that so many of us experience this limiting feeling?
Did you know that ...
You know those days when you feel swamped, pressured and not up for anything?
And do you usually fight this feeling? Do you push yourself to get the usual done anyway, because you "have to"?
I get it. For many years, this is how I've functioned too and to be honest, the tendency is still there!
However, now I know better. I know that by simply pushing myself, I can't succeed. By fighting this uphill battle, the only result I get is exhaustion.
So I'm sharing my four step inner process to get myself on track again, with the hope that also you can get inspired to chose ease and flow instead of pressure:
Have you ever wondered why certain people always seem to get it all and some are continuously slipping from one bad experience to the next? Is it luck or bad fortune? Maybe a little. Certainly it's got to do a lot with your mindset, as like attracts like. When we think negatively, we keep on attracting the negative.
However, there is way more to it than that.
It's not that I'm saying we consciously create our reality. No, we don't usually decide in the morning: "oh yes, today I want to have a car crash/break up/ xyz experience". No, most definitely not.
We create our reality on either a conscious, but most often a very subconscious level.
Let me explain. It's actually quite simple..
I had a vision during my meditation once. It was a powerful moment, with me walking up a steep staircase. I was being supported and filled with excitement, yet felt it was a big responsibility what I was about to see.
Once on the top, two folding doors opened up and bright light streamed in like clouds (similar to the fog they sometimes spray into a dance club). I hesitated for a moment, as it reminded me of stepping beyond - the light at the end of the tunnel that people describe when death is near.
Then I braved it, braced it, faced it.
What I was was about to see blew my mind and warmed my heart..
Have you ever wondered if a Reflexology treatment could be something for you?
Have you asked yourself what Reflexology does exactly do and if it would feel good to you? Are you maybe ticklish and you are worried that it might feel uncomfortable? Or you just don’t know what the hype is all about and what touching the feet could possibly do for you?
Well, let me explain:
Reflexology isn't just a foot massage. Yes, those ones feel amazing and relaxing too, that's true. However, did you know that Reflexology is actually way more?
It's based on the theory that the whole body is represented in a map in miniature in the feet, hands and ears. All body parts and organs of the right half of the body are represented in your right foot and those of your left half of your body are represented in your left foot. By stimulating these reflexes, a message gets sent to the brain that then releases the tension in that particular body part and promotes homeostasis (balance within the body and all its functions).
There are tons of reasons why Reflexology is good for you and most people love having their feet touched, though there are some who hate the thought of that.
Why is that? Is it really just because they might be ticklish?! I believe there is more to it..!
Read on if you'd like to find out what I think this really means..
A client once asked me a very good question: "Why do we need to ground and connect with the earth, when we want to connect with Spirit (which is supposedly up above)?"
I thought it would be worthwhile sharing my reply, as this is what comes up a lot for people. You might not be aware of this, but most people are either way too much in their head or even off with the fairies (or 'worry-train' respectively).
Find out why it is so important for us human beings to connect to the ground and with the earth. Learn about the danger that you unknowingly expose yourself to when you are too much in your head and not in your body. And find out the single one reason how you could make a huge difference in the world!
We want to live a soul-driven and heart-centred life, inside and out. We wanna be there, fully present, fun and light for our kids. We want to be a great partner, with lots of inner space for the other one to feel received and understood. We want to be the full blown go getter achiever at work, in our business, in life. We've got tons of things on the go.
Sometimes, our sense of wellbeing can suffer, as we keep on pushing .. All those expectations create a balance act between the worlds of being busy and of being well. Yes, we need to look after ourselves. We know that, but it's so easy to ignore those needs until they HAVE to be acknowledged. Sometimes this means we get stressed and overwhelmed, other times we even seem to need to get sick until we realise that we are mortal beings!!
So I would like to share 10 top tips how to maintain the fine balance of BUSYness & WELLbeing - so you can avoid overwhelm and sickness and instead contribute your unique Footprint on Planet Earth!
You know those days when you feel like whatever you say gets spun around. You feel entirely misunderstood and confused. People seem to retract, get angry at you or shut down in response to what you're saying. Most likely you feel like you can't say anything 'right' and you assume that it's most likely best to not say anything at all. Can you relate?
Did you know that there is a way to get your point across - without getting angry, sad, feisty, defensive or accusative? A way that gets received, where the other one actually listens and cares?
Do you feel like you’ve been non-stop running? Getting stuff ticked off the list, preparing, looking after others, packing away, making sure everyone is happy and content? Your head feels almost detached from your body as you keep on holding it high, worry, think, organize and frown..? ‘As long as everyone is being looked after.’..
I’d like to share 4 simple ways to centre & ground yourself with you today that can bring you instant relief from feeling frantic, stressed, all over the place and bring inner calm, centredness and relaxation– no matter in what situation you are in.