First off, with an 11 month old at home, YES; the energy tank is low more often than not. I thought all those years of running would translate to stamina for parenthood.
Nope. Not even close.
It's a whole different sport and test of endurance. One that requires you to function like a capable human after weeks of interrupted sleep where you feel more like a zombie walking around.
So yes, there are times when I feel stale. Then, there are times when I feel like I'm on fire. Motivated and full of ideas to implement.
It's totally normal to feel both. The main idea is to figure out how to stay more on the "fired" up and motivated side of life.
I believe there are some key ways to take control of your day by adding activities that will strengthen your body both physically and emotionally.
It's a combination of two things; eliminating non essentials that are causing more stress in your life. And adding positive moments that will add value to your life.
The days that I find myself off kilter, it's most likely because I'm missing out on my crucial daily practices.
Here are some practices for you to consider implementing in your day or week to maximize output in your life:
1.) Eliminate the news. I've never met anyone who watched a whole hour of news and felt inspired to make a difference in the world. Instead, they feel inspired to share the bad news with others. If you can't give it up completely, limit to 5-10 min max. You'll get everything you need to know.
2.) Read & Listen. Over the years, I've replaced my radio listening in the car with podcasts. There are some great ones out there. School of Greatness by Lewis Howes is one of them. Also, take the time to read something positive. Ten pages per day will do. It will prime you for carrying the right mindset the rest of your day.
3.) Meditate/Prayer. Staying in the moment allows us to take a break from the fast paced life and allows us to better control our thoughts throughout the day. Practicing Gratitude during this moment also enriches your life in a big way.
4.) Write. Whether it's a handwritten note to a friend, a journal entry or writing your own book. The act of writing creates clarity, and allows us to portray our emotions on paper which can lead to deeper connections with others, the next big idea for your company or even give you a sense of purpose for your next chapter of life.
5.) Healthy breakfast: It's hard to eat healthy all the time, but if you can make the effort to make that first meal of the day as clean as possible, than you are much more likely to make better choices the rest of the day. Stick with a combo that you enjoy and make it a daily habit!
6.) Work out everyday. It doesn't have to be a 1 hour K-Fit HIIT type of workout everyday. A simple 5 minute set will do. Walking does wonders too. As does foam rolling and recovery drills. The idea of doing something active everyday keeps the momentum going. And when it comes to fitness, momentum is everything in order to keep consistency and achieve the results you're seeking.
7.) Limit Electronics in the Evenings. This is a work in progress at our household. That phone is like a magnet to our attention span! Aim to shut off everything at least 1 hour before sleeping. Studies show that people are able to fall asleep and get into deep sleep faster without using electronics prior to going to bed.
Speaking of sleep...
8.) Sleep. This should go without saying, but sleep does the body good. The energy you have after a good night of sleep makes you feel alive and useful! Aim to get to bed early. Simple, and yet very effective.
9.) Practice Good Use Of Your Time. Time is the most valuable asset you have in life. Unlike things, you can't buy time. Once you give your time to someone, you give away a portion of your life that you'll never get back. It can be a great gift to someone. It can also be an impalpable drug if you choose to spend with people that bring you down. Aim to create memories on a regular basis. It's one of the best ways to cherish time.
10.) Give Yourself Permission to Be Still. Practice deep breathing several times a day. Establish several anchor points throughout your day; before you start your car, as soon as you get into the office, before you enter the house, right after a workout. Deep breathing allows for a quick reset as we go about our day. Staying still and in silence also allows to reflect on life. After all, it's not just about going through the motions day in and day out.
Numbers 1-5 can be done within 30-60 minutes in the morning before you start your day. Get in the habit of getting up early (tip: go to bed early!) and you'll be amazed at how much more meaning you'll add to your life when you prime yourself for success first thing in the morning.
Committed to your health,