Monday, November 23, 2020

Managing My Tiredness At This Time Of Year

Yay - it's nearly Christmas, nearly the end of the year and I have no doubt that there are many like me who are really looking forward to a break.

I am really tired. Can I say that please without people thinking I am not coping or that I am not capable of seeing the year's work projects out.  I will get there, but this is a tiredness I want to talk about.

Not just end of week tired, end of month tired or even nearly end of year tired. It's more. It's the what we've gone through this year tired as well, I think.  

Having said that, I am not too tired to write this blog, but I am acutely aware of the energy I am having to muster to do so.  

I woke up this morning and to my simultaneous dismay and relief, heard and saw the rain outside my window.  Having said to myself before head hitting the pillow last night that I was going to start the day with a bike ride (which I know despite the effort, always makes me feel better afterwards), seeing the rain, I took another half hour of shut eye.  It's like this most mornings last few months - it takes a lot of enthusing to get going as I drag a weary body (and mind) through the paces of starting my day. 

Of course, come 9am when I am in-front of the computer screen, workday begun, I wish it hadn't rained. I wish I'd gone for a bike ride; I wish I didn't feel so tired, I wish the sun was shining. I wish my knee, or my wrist wasn't sore.  I wish I hadn't had the extra toast this morning, adding to the extra weight I carry. I wish, I wish. I wish.

So what is in this tiredness?  Is and if so, how different is it to the tiredness I usually feel this time every year?  Do I even remember this time last year? Worse still, where has this year gone anyway? How on earth did I/we get here so quickly as well.

Actually, I do remember this time last year.  I remember the excitement of having Christmas with the kids for the first time in Somers, in our new house.  The planning, the big tree (a real one) and making up family games for Christmas eve night!  Where did I get the energy from?  It certainly escapes me now.

So, with barely 5 weeks to go - till both Christmas day and a break, I think I need to give myself a few reminders (in the form of Notes to Self), to maintain and manage my energy levels till I take that break.  So that I have the energy and commitment to my work and that I leave enough spark for my family, my friends and myself to enjoy whatever it is we make of coming together and having some quality time and fun at this time of year. 

Notes to Self On Managing My Energy

1. Be Kind - to self and husband, no matter how grumpy your tiredness makes you feel.  

2. Get outside on your bike at least once every day - because you know it makes you feel humble and happy.

3. Walk on the beach at least every other day - because it grounds you, refreshes you and reminds you how awesome the sea is.

4. Set smaller daily and weekly goals - you know Rome wasn't built in a day, so stop trying to do everything now and pat yourself on the back each time you tick off a small task. 

5. Drink more water and less wine - you know your liver will thank you and you will also feel better each morning (and sleep better).

6. Treats are okay - but not for morning and afternoon tea and then again after dinner. Save them for Friday or Saturday night. 

7. Keep to your sleep routine - use that beautiful lavender spray Lisa gave you and burn the lavender oil as part of your bed-time routine. 7-8 hours sleep  is what you and your body needs (and you know it).

8. More Salads - just do it.

9. Don't over-plan your weekends - pace your social time out over the next few months. You don't have to see everyone before Christmas.

10. Breathe. 

I figure 10 is more than enough - for this week anyway. I am giving myself permission to revisit these little strategies, next Monday.

This might feel light-hearted, but I am also serious about my tiredness. I will take stock. 
Will pay attention to my tiredness, to my energy depletion and restoration and be more discerning about how and what I spend it on. 


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