January 10, 2010
How often do you find yourself making mistakes when you energy level is as low as the frigid temperatures in the Antarctic?
Continually feeling fatigued, distracted, unfocused and just plain out of sorts is a recipe for burnout, anxiety and depression. Yet, many women are living this life of quiet desperation everyday depleting more and more of the energy needed to thrive.
According to a study done by the American College of Physicians, in the United States, 24% of the general adult population has had fatigue lasting 2 weeks or longer; 59%-64% of these persons report that their fatigue has no medical cause.
I don’t know if there is data on the percentage of women in this study but I would guess the numbers for women would be a lot higher because of the things you allow to zap your energy.
Let’s take a look at some energy drainers and what you can do about them:
- Rushing - You are prone to make mistakes when you move too fast. Rushing simply wastes bucket loads of energy unnecessarily. When you rush, you forget things, skip meals, and are more likely to be distracted and ultimately even more rushed. Slow down.
- Lack of a system - Create a system so you won’t likely forget things. Trying to remember your shopping list, to-do list, soccer schedules, doctors' appointments eats away your mental energy that you could use elsewhere to create a greater impact on your life. Use an electronic or paper scheduler to stay on top of things.
- Meeting everyone’s needs before your own. While taking care of loved ones provides a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, it also requires precious energy. In worse cases, it can even breed resentment – another huge source of energy drain. Carve out some “me time” and learn to say no to things you are not comfortable taking on.
- Painting yourself into a corner. Making promises you are unable to keep, taking on that extra assignment at work and holding down a part time job may feel like you have painted yourself into a corner. You do have a choice. Make only promises and commitments you are able to keep and always have an exit strategy if needed.
Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys helps nurses, therapists, social workers and other caregivers balance the many demands on your time and energy so you can shift from overwhelm to high energy and live life with courage, confidence and clarity. For more tips, subscribe to Insightful Living. Gladys previews her newest group coaching program, Passport to Freedom: Create Breathing Space in Your Busy Life on Group Coaching Mastery Interactive TV (on Facebook).