What I am about to tell you will defy all logic – but bear with me!
When you come home all tired out and have absolutely no energy left, even if you’re so tired that all you want to do is sit down and cry (I’ve been there many times recently), I want you to cook dinner.
That’s right. Dead on your feet. No energy left. Totally zapped. And I’m telling you to cook! The nerve of some people!
Hey, I’m not asking you to make a world-class dinner. Just make sure you get protein, and veggies and some carbs would be good too.
You can sauté a chicken breast, pork chop, or a steak in about 10 minutes. In that same time a baked potato can be done in the microwave. Throw together a salad, or just a bunch of raw veggies. Total time 20 minutes, max –
and that’s if you’re really dragging!
Pour yourself some water with lemon, or cranberry juice, or grape juice, or green tea, or something along these lines.
OK, sit down and enjoy your little feast. Take your time. Unwind. Smell the food. Taste the food. Eat slowly – it’s still only going to take you 10 or 15 minutes.
Feeling better already, aren’t you?
Now rinse off the dishes, put them in the sink, and go take a walk.
I know, I know, you were dead tired. I made you cook. Now I’m telling you to take a walk. Just 10 or 15 minutes. Not a marathon. A relaxing pace. Look around. Notice things. Breathe in the air. Just enjoy yourself for 10 or 15 minutes.
By now, you’ve probably blown a whole hour on yourself. The Shame! Maybe you should get a little something done? You’ll actually feel like it. (Don’t forget those dishes!) Then you’ll be off to bed feeling pretty good about yourself.
Now, if you played it your way – ate some cookies or chips, or maybe grabbed some fast food – you’d still be lethargic. Probably laying on the couch thinking, “gosh, I really should get up and do something.” Finally you’d drag yourself to bed feeling guilty or depressed because you didn’t get anything done that needed to be done.
What’s that you say? You have kids? That’s ok. You can feed them too. Talk with them. Find out what’s going on in their heads. Then take them outside with you. They’ll love it. They need to unwind too. And they need some ‘just relaxing’ time with you. You might be surprised to find you’ll have fewer behavior problems.
Hey, the choice is yours. You can blow an hour on yourself and actually end up being more productive, or you can tell yourself that you just don’t feel like it and melt into the upholstery. I can’t make that choice for you. Heck, I have a hard enough time having to make that choice for myself some days. I can tell you, the right choice works every time.