Posts tagged energy
Hot & Bothered: Five Ways to Revive After Burnout

Last week I stepped out of my house and it was 114 degrees Fahrenheit. Getting in my car, I instantly felt the heat zap my energy. My skin was dry, the air was hot, and everything seemed to slow down to snail pace. A sizzling, fried up snail that is. 

Roasting in the intractable heat for five days now reminds me a lot of the spell I just came through. I was burnt out and a hot, fiery mess.

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Under Committing: The Responsible Thing To Do

I struggle with this one. Hard. I’m fiery and I’m passionate - the embers of life purpose burn hot and deep. So when I feel strongly about something, I can get obsessed. I’m an information gatherer - sort of like a hunter-gatherer, except I fill my basket with articles, books, music, podcasts, and movies. If I can get my hands on it, I’ll absorb it. Intellectualization is how I process. That and empathy. So once my emotions are linked to the information, I’m far down the rabbit hole.

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My Resilience: Resourcefulness + Grace

Modifying how I do things is the difference between actually doing it verses not doing it. Modifying acknowledges the barrier, but then allows me to pivot to a more advantageous position. 

Modifying takes back control from chronic pain and fatigue. 

It says I can’t do much, but I can do something.

Doing something is the start of lifestyle change.

Lifestyle change is adaptability.

Adaptability is strength. 

Strength is resilience. 

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A Year Of Clarity - A Year Without Alcohol

My intention for 2017 was ADVENTURE. 

And adventurous it was.

I decided to follow my gut. To listen to my needs, my dreams, my wisdom. To go places I’ve never gone, learn things I’ve never learned, and achieve things I’ve never achieved! I did all of this over the past year and I’ve never felt more alive.

My adventure in 2017 was full of inspiration, roundedness, and risk all at the same time!

Unexpectedly it’s also brought incredible clarity.

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An Unpopular Opinion: I'm A Meal Prep Skeptic

When I first heard of the meal prep trend I thought, This is too good to be true. People are telling me I can plan all my meals ahead of time, and it will be easy, fast, and healthy? No way in hell. Can you tell I’m a skeptic?

I'm not against the idea of eating clean or preparing meals. But I could not see a livable, long-term solution to the strict meal plans I saw in books and online.

So I decided to honor the most important cues my body taught me during the elimination diet: avoid gluten, heavily processed foods, artificially sweet foods, and greasy foods. I began to feel better about the meal planning process. These changes made a difference in how I felt and were livable most of the time. I learned that what I really needed was sufficient time to make the changes and to practice the new habits. I also needed time to feel how my body responded to the meal planning changes.

 

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Prism of Health - What Keeps Me Balanced

A prism is a geometric figure. A prism is also a triangular glass object that gives the illusion of transforming white light into the spectrum of colors. The prism transforms one unified beam of light to many separate but equal forms.

Metaphorically, my prism of health magnifies whole-person health into all the separate pieces. The desire for complete health enters the prism, and the individual components reflect outward.

When I focus the individual components of health in my life, I see

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How I Survived

I decided to listen to my body and I decided to trust what it was telling me.

You know, our bodies speak, and not only from our mouths. Our bodies talk in our sleep, in our aches and pains, in our mood.

I listened when my hands hurt at work and I couldn’t open medicine bottles for patients. I listened when halfway into a twelve-hour shift, my ankles ached and I couldn’t help but limp. I listened when I woke up in the middle of the night, both feet throbbing until I soaked them in the tub. I listened when after a glass of wine, everything got worse: fatigue, pain, anxiety. My body was responding differently to the same stimuli. With my progressing symptoms, it wasn’t hard to listen.

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What I Didn't Know Was Hurting Me

Nursing school taught me how to take care of very sick people - urgent health problems requiring urgent responses.

What nursing school did not teach me was how to take care of myself. Sure, there were a few lectures about personal health and wellness. But honestly? I was working twelve hour shifts in the ICU, writing research papers, and cramming for exams.

So I tumbled out of nursing school smarter but a whole lot less balanced than when I entered it. About two years into my first nursing job I began to show it.

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