RAC AWARE- Exhaustion

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When was the last time you gave into exhaustion?
When was the last time you had a good time giving into exhaustion?!

Exhaustion is not a personal attack on our being by our bodies and our nerves. Exhaustion is a natural consequence of living at the pace that most of us live. When we learn to see exhaustion as a natural part of life, we don’t get so angry with it. When we see it as a warning given by our body and spirit, we can let go and give in to feeling exhausted without guilt.
There are just going to be times when our head is tired, our muscles are tired, our bones are tired, and our being and soul are tired. If you ignore this and keep pushing through, you’ll most likely get sick. Don’t get sick! Just be exhausted. Laze, lounge, veg-out, sleep, indulge in some quiet time. Balance will slowly and surely creep back into your life.
Our feelings can be our most reliable paths to knowledge. Unfortunately many of us have been conditioned to believe that we can’t trust our feelings, and this has thrown us out of balance with ourselves. Start working with your feelings! When you feel something like exhaustion, notice it, assume that it is there for a very good reason, and let yourself truly give in to it. Pay attention to your feelings and honor them. It is no small coincidence that “feeling challenged” is a precursor to full-fledged exhaustion.
If you take the occasional “exhaustion day”, you just might need fewer sick days!
Every day, 2.2 million Americans complain of being tired. Often the true culprits are our everyday habits, especially those we engage in on weekends.
Have breakfast. Even if you sleep late or don’t feel hungry. You will feel better both mentally and physically.
Eat every three to four hours to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable all day long.
Watch caffeine intake after noon. When caffeine is consumed in large quantities or anytime in the afternoon or evening, the quality of your sleep that night can take a nosedive, leaving you with heavy eyelids the next day.
Stay hydrated. Dehydration can masquerade as fatigue and/or hunger!
Get moving. The last thing you may feel like doing when you’re tired is exercising. But many studies show that physical activity boosts energy levels.
Strike a pose. Although almost any exercise is good, yoga may be especially effective for boosting energy. After six weeks of once-a-week yoga classes, volunteers in a British study reported improvements in clear-mindedness, energy, and confidence.
Keep time with your body clock. Some people get a burst of energy first thing in the morning. They’re often called morning larks. Night owls are people who are at their best at the end of the day. Become aware of your own circadian rhythms. Then schedule demanding activities when your energy levels are typically at their peak.