Do you ever feel weary? Maybe even a bit apathetic towards life? Like your get up and go has got up and gone, without leaving a note to say “goodbye and thanks for all the chocolate”.
I do and I’m so frustrated. Despite a restful week at the beach, eating, sleeping, reading and learning boogie board (who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?), I’m in a weary funk and it’s driving me crazy. Nothing traumatic has happened, so I should be rested and revitalized; yet within a week of being home, I feel weary and woebegone.
Do you feel a bit like that too? Weary for no particular reason other than life, with its ongoing demands and worries, is draining the energy out of you like a blood sucking leach.
I can tell I’m not my usual perky self because my procrastination levels have gone through the roof (apologies if I owe you a phone call, an email or a million dollars), I keep forgetting things (like where I left my car keys and the neighbor’s kids) and I’ve developed an alarmingly teenager-like “What Ever” attitude to life the universe and everything.
Feeling like this for no particular reason is so frustrating isn’t it?
Who wants to be a jet lagged tree sloth when they could be a happy Energizer Bunny, wearing cool shades and beating time on an oversized drum?
But it doesn’t need to be.
Over the years I’ve started to learn the secret to recapturing my get up and go and I need to remind myself of them now more than ever.
It’s not rocket science, but more reliable than a double espresso.
The trick is to Keep moving Forward!
Maybe it’s depressing to hear that, when moving forward through the sludge of life is exactly what you’re trying to do, and it’s the reason you’re in this funk in the first place. But hear me out.
The key is to keep moving forward IN THE RIGHT AREAS.
Shedding the cloak of weariness only happens when we keep moving forward in areas that refresh and refocus us, not drain and deplete us.[Tweet “Shedding the cloak of weariness only happens when we keep moving forward in areas that refresh and refocus us, not drain and deplete us.”]
When we keep moving forward physically, emotionally and spiritually, how we feel starts to change. We begin to wave goodbye to our inner sloth, and welcome our true Energizer bunny selves.
Today I’m sharing what it means to keeping moving forward physically, and on July 13th and 27th we’ll tackle moving forward emotionally and spiritually. As we add in each new area of refreshment we’ll feel a little less weary – trust me.
I admit that when I’m in a sloth-like funk I have to fake it ‘til I make it at the beginning. I will myself to start, trusting that in time my desires catch up. If you’re as sloth-like as me, you may need to do the same.
Keep Moving Forward PHYSICALLY
But when we feel tired it’s so tempting to curl up in a ball and conserve what little energy we have. We think we can recharge our batteries by slouching on the coach watching tellie and ordering take out. Unfortunately, the more we sit around, the more tired we become and the louder the sofa calls our name promising rest and Rice Krispie treats. Unless we have a medical condition causing our fatigue, inactivity feeds tiredness faster than a post Krispy Kreme sugar crash.
Somehow we need to break this cycle.
The key is being active in the right way.
It doesn’t matter how you get moving. The important thing is to get your blood pumping enough to release those wonderful feel good endorphins that will break that tiredness cycle. Then idea is to exercise regularly enough to keep the funk away.
Here are some tips from me and those clever people at the Mayo Clinic.**
- Start small and increase slowly – you don’t want to get a hernia twenty yards from your door. Zechariah was right – we must not “despise the day of small beginnings” (Zech 4:10).
- Do something you love – if the idea of running breaks you out in hives, find something you’ll enjoy and stick to. Maybe you’re a closet break-dancer or you’ve always enjoyed biking.
- Put it on your calendar – protect it like your sanity depends on it – it does
- Buddy up – you’ll be less likely to back out and more likely to keep going and have fun.
- Set some goals – making sure they are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time specific).
- Change it up – variety is the spice of life. Mix up some harder workouts (biking, aerobics, swimming) with some more gentle ones (yoga, gardening, walking).
When I get active and stay active, I feel better, sleep better and even eat more healthily. The cycle is broken and my energy levels increase. Yeah.
If you’re feeling in a bit of a funk for no particular reason let me invite you to keep moving physically this week.
What activity could you do today to get your blood pumping fast enough to refresh you with some endorphins? Who could you enlist to keep moving with you? Put three exercise times on your calendar for this week and four for the following week, and then let me know what you’re doing and how you’re feeling.
And remember – exercise can lift your spirits as well as your butt.”
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** Legal Disclaimer, I’m not a doctor in a white coat (but I do have a nice white cardigan from The Gap) or fitness coach in spandex (despite the rather tight-fitting leggings I bought from Target last week), so please do consult with your doctor if you haven’t exercised for some time and you have any health concerns.