Why does this happen?
We all have an inbuilt FFF instinct (Fight, Flight Freeze), which is designed for survival. This instinct is activated any time we perceive a danger, which could be anything from job changes and loss of loved ones to speeches, bills and deadlines. This instinct pumps energy into your limbs and mind so you can be focused and ready to run or fight. When a life change happens this system is on overdrive and its designed to get you through. It will keep going until you’re settled once again.
But this system has down sides. Part of this instinct is also switching off none urgent tasks, such as digestion, cell repair, internal healing and reproduction. After all we don’t need those when we’re in survival mode, we just need to deal with the here and now.
How long have you been in survival mode?
Days, weeks, months…even maybe years. When the FFF instinct is no longer needed people often crash and a few things which I see often happen:
Where are you now?
So you’re probably in one of the following two places right now.
1 - The life change is recent and you’re in the FFF instinct section and you don’t want to burn out.
2 - The life change was some time ago and you’re bemused as to why you’re feeling tired now.
What's the solution?
Place 1 - Include relaxation into your daily routine, it doesn’t have to take long. This will keep those long term projects going so you won’t crash later.
Place 2 - Take a breathe, this is completely normal. Allow yourself plenty of time to recoup. Your body is very busy catching up.
Have a go at this, it's Free!!
Many of my clients find this beneficial. This is my 15 minute guided relaxation. Listen to it daily and it will support you to heal, rest and recover.
You could also try Yoga, Pilates or going for a walk - all great ways to calm and let that healing happen.
Takeaway thought: Think about how long you've not been doing those long-term projects for, it will take your body a while to catch up!!
I hope that helps. Let me know your thoughts and how you’re getting on in the comments.
Until next time