Running on Empty

In my adult life, I have run out of gas twice. Like actually run out of fuel in my vehicle, twice. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know how it makes you feel. The disappointment, anger, frustration, embarrassment, and failure that you feel knowing you let this happen. Luckily for me, the first time I was actually pulling into the gas station and was able to get to the pump. The second time my amazing husband was with me and walked to the gas station. Although I was able to quickly solve the problem, I still felt the residual feeling of failure. I had let myself, and in the second instance my husband, down.

Perhaps you haven’t experienced running out of fuel in your vehicle, but the majority of women (especially moms) do know what it’s like to run out of fuel. I’m talking about your own fuel, the fire that keeps you going. You know what it’s like to run on empty, because let’s face it, that’s what you do most of the time. You’re cooking, cleaning, washing, drying, folding, working, running kids here and there, and so on. When do you have time to fill up?

This is where so many women go wrong! You’ve heard of burnout in the workplace. Well, moms get burnout too! And we have every right to feel burnt out. Believe me, I’ve been there. You’re exhausted but you keep pushing on because your family needs you. The more you push, the worse you feel, and then you start to feel like you’re failing at everything. Everything you touch seems to just fall apart. Ready for some good news? You can avoid burnout!

Here’s how. Take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so fill your cup first. Do something small for yourself every day to recharge your battery. Wake up a little earlier than everyone else and really enjoy that first cup of coffee. Take yourself out to lunch. Buy yourself flowers. Go get that pedicure or massage you’ve been craving. Take 10 minutes to meditate. Go try yoga or kickboxing. The possibilities are endless! It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do something! You matter. Start acting like it!

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