Every day we wake up with Energy Bucks and we start spending them the second we put our feet on the floor.
Making Coffee, 5 Bucks. Brushing Teeth, 5 Bucks. Getting Dressed, 10 Bucks. Reading emails, 40 Bucks. Trying on that pair of jeans you know won’t fit. Boom. Out of Energy Bucks.
I figure I have about 100 Energy Bucks for the day. Most days I’ve spent that before noon.
I used to just pretend to myself that I had more Energy than I did. I’d march forward like a martyr on a mission. I had tasks to complete and people to make happy. Pushing myself through the day with a ‘can do’ attitude. Waiting for that “second wind”, that usually came just before bedtime.
Until I just couldn’t anymore. When my Mom died my legs got kicked out from under me and my brain said, “No More. We’re empty. Rest Me and we’ll start fresh in about 6 months”.
I had to start counting my Energy bucks and using them wisely.
I learned what ‘cost’ me and how to decide what I needed to say No to.
I started to find ways to add to my Energy Bank by doing things that fulfilled me. Yoga. Meditation. Drinking Water. Consciously breathing. Journaling. Stopping to listen to a favorite song, the whole thing, not just blips as I ran around the house cleaning.
Five minutes with the sun on my face. Feeling Gratitude. Really taking the time to close my eyes and FEEL it. Send the message to every cell.
I create and prioritize the time to take care of myself. Every day. Because not only do I deserve it, I need it.
No one can run on empty forever.