You planned your schedule for the week, plotted out your work, you set the best of intentions, and then you wake up feeling blah. The energy isn’t there. You feel tired, maybe sick. Your body hurts. Despite your diligence to set yourself up to win, you’re just not on your game.
It happens to all of us.
What do you do about it?
Maybe you drink more coffee, push yourself harder, or load up on empty calories in an attempt to push yourself through whatever you’re feeling. This may work for a short time, but it’s rarely sustainable. Swimming against the current drains whatever energy you do have.
The temptation to “fix the problem” can be strong, but what if there’s no “problem” to fix?
Rather than judging yourself, try approaching yourself with curiosity and compassion, to see what you can learn.
Deciphering the Messages
Our bodies are always speaking to us.
A stomach ache before a big test; getting the flu before a big presentation; a migraine just before you walk into an important meeting — these can all be signs of Resistance, the body’s way of signaling fear.
Feeling sick or tired can be our body’s message that it’s time to rest. Overworking and staying busy are also forms of Resistance. We often try to manage uncertainty by working harder, thinking we can control the outcome through more work.
And, sometimes, a headache is just a headache. That’s always an option.
How do you know which message is relevant?
This is where intuition comes into play.
Intuition is a skill honed through a regular and consistent practice of looking at the patterns.
What is showing up? What else is happening in your life at this moment? What might you be avoiding?
When you feel off your game, meet yourself where you are, without judgment.
The times when we feel our worst are often when we receive the greatest insights about our challenges.