You know you’re in overwhelm when you start looking for excuses to ditch an event. I’m not talking about finding a reason to avoid Parent/Teacher meetings. We all fantasize about getting a hall pass out of those. I’m not even talking about the kind of good sense avoidance we practice when we are going to end up at a party with an ex and his much taller, blonder, prettier and younger wife.
What I’m talking about here is being so bone tired, so completely brain dead that you can’t face going one more step. When you can’t get your aching knees up and off the sofa to go have fun, you know your engine has been overreving for way too long. It’s time to put it in Neutral, or even in Park, and let things cool down.
Think about this: our bodies are our vehicles, and our minds are the engines. Our desires push our bodies to do things they wouldn’t normally attempt. Sky diving. Dancing lessons. Taking multiple kids to multiple events after school, every day. That appointment for root canal you’ve been putting off. It doesn’t matter if it is a pleasant activity or painful. We know we either need or want to take the challenge, and we push ourselves to get one more task done.
Even engines need fuel. Oil based, corn based or alcohol based – fuel is fuel. But with brains, there is physical fuel and spiritual fuel. We can get 6 hours of sleep and eat all the right things and still end up saying “My brain hurts”. That’s when the brain is crying out for spiritual fuel.
Your spiritual fuel is whatever helps you get back your spirit, your drive, your energy. If a long walk in the woods recharges your imagination, that’s your fuel. If a day spent on the sofa, in comfy clothes, watching Lifetime Channel movies recharges your tired spirit, you need to grab a cup of coffee and the remote and make it happen.
All the boring things they talk about, eating right, getting enough sleep, taking your vitamins and getting plenty of exercise, all those things can get your body in good condition and on the road. Just don’t forget to tune up the engine by topping off the tank with your spiritual fuel. Take the time to fill up. Don’t keep running on a quarter tank. It gums up the works, and eventually will cause the engine to seize up, blow your head gasket and crack the block.
Sandi Tuttle is the host of the Blog Talk Radio show “An Average Woman in a Superwoman World” (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sandi-tuttle).