Recently I got tired. I'm talking really burned-out dog-tired. Everything was an effort. It was like walking through mud. During the day, things seemed alot more difficult than normal. Forget getting a second wind after work to build an e-commerce business. And working out? Not happening. I beat myself up the whole time. "How can I be so lazy?" "Why can't I get my butt in gear?" "I AM SUCH A LOSER!!!!" Mighty Petunia is all about catching the motivational bus and I couldn't even find the bus stop!
So, I sat myself down to figure out what the deal was. Here's what I got to... I WAS TIRED. Period. The End. Nothing fancy. I had been fitting a lot of work into each day. I hadn't been planning my days out to make time for workout, family, friends. I just got up in the morning and let the day push me around. And, business tended to make the most noise so it got the most attention...from the time I woke up in the morning until the time I went to bed. It was too much. All work and no play makes Mighty Petunia a tired woman.
How did I fix it? I rested. And rested. I took a full week and consciously focused on not working so much. Not a vacation mind you. I had a pretty grueling week at my full-time job but I didn't work on Mighty Petunia at all. I didn't work on social media. I didn't read motivational stuff. I just checked out of Mighty Petunia for a week. Guess what happened? Nothing. Mighty Petunia didn't collapse. It didn't fail. It was fine. But, one morning, I woke up ready to go. I had my second wind. I had a zillion ideas. I started an activity journal to keep track of all that is going on so I don't have to waste energy keeping track of everything in my head. I made decisions that I had put off because I didn't have the energy to make them. I delegated more. I started being more protective of my energy...viewing it as a limited resource. I made more conscious decisions about where I wanted to spend my energy. And, I have been rewarded with renewed energy. A second wind.
I think we tend to think of a second wind as something that we need when we're doing something physical. Something that requires breath. But, I think we can similarly need a mental second wind. So the next time you find yourself burned-out dog-tired and struggling through the day, give yourself permission to take a break for however long it takes. You will get your second wind.