Before that cupcake ever caught my eye I had been gunning for a deadline and then immediately got on the plane for a business trip. Have you ever asked a lot of yourself and then asked for even more?
Here’s why this month’s fuel drop is to Reach for the Pillow instead of the Cupcake:
I walked by a bakery in the airport and the most scrumptious looking cupcake caught my eye. Logically I knew that the only reason I even noticed it was because my body was trying to communicate with me to slow down. Even though I passed on the cupcake, I didn’t heed the message to slow down.
De-coding the Cupcake message
Balancing all of the important pieces of our lives can be such a challenge, which can sometimes make us feel like getting a full night sleep is almost burdensome. It’s a tricky balance, but your fuel drop of the month is to remember that when you start to notice food cravings or negative thoughts that’s often your body asking you to slow down.
Even when the timing is less-than-ideal.
Does this mean cravings are always a message?
Sometimes we just want a tasty treat, and that’s ok. But it’s worth asking yourself a thoughtful question about how you are really feeling and then listening to your answer.
If your answer is that you are craving because you’ve been asking a lot from your body, then you have a choice about what you want to do next. You can reach for a pillow or reach for a cupcake (or fries or mochaccino or whatever it is that your craving).
- If you reach for the pillow, it may feel bad for a moment when you have to reprioritize what you had on your plate, but then you’ll wake up refreshed, full of great ideas, and have more energy to take on everything that is on your plate.
- If you reach for the cupcake it will feel good for a moment but then you’ll end up draining the little energy you did have and possibly even kick off a downward spiral into more cravings and possibly even negative thoughts.
Fuel Drop of the Month:
Reach for the Pillow instead of the Cupcake
When we look at our time budgets, it’s a challenge to prioritize any extra time to sleep… especially since there are usually very good reasons we’ve gone with less sleep in the first place. Believe me, I understand, and I don’t make this suggestion lightly.
When Sleep Matters
Getting enough sleep is always important, but it’s not always realistic. That being said, it’s important to heed your body’s early warning signals. If you have been getting too little sleep and you find you have more cravings and/or more negative thoughts, try to remember this fuel drop of the month and ask yourself…
Could this be a message from my wise and loving body asking me to slow down and get a good night sleep tonight?”
Our bodies do a lot for us, and they can be flexible and resilient when we ask them to step up to do more with less. But there comes a time that we have to notice just how much we are asking and realize it’s time for a restorative night’s sleep.
Still can’t Budget the Time?
Adding guilt on top of exhaustion is not the recipe for more vitality. If you really can not budget the time for a full night’s sleep, hopefully you can make an aspirational goal for prioritizing some rest and rejuvenation in the coming days. And maybe even talk to your body and let it know you appreciate how hard it’s pushing and that you’ve added a good night sleep to the calendar in 2 days (or whatever is true for you).
When your body gives you signals, such as food cravings, try to de-code the message and reach for rejuvenation rather than non-nourishing fuel.
Would you be able to budget the time for a 20 minute power nap? Or meditate for even 5 minutes? Could you budget just a small amount of time to reach for something rejuvenating?
How did my Cupcake story end?
It’s the pits when a life lesson has to smack you in order for you to notice it, so I try my best to learn life’s lessons while they are still a whisper. In this case, the lesson needed to shout a little bit to get my attention, but I did get the message … and hopefully you can benefit from the lesson too!
Even though I had successfully de-coded the message that the cupcake was sending and I didn’t eat it… I also didn’t slow down. I went right into two long days and didn’t get extra sleep or carve out time for rejuvenation. By the 2nd night, I ordered room service with double dessert and sat and ate it while I flipped the hotel TV between Miss Congeniality 2 and Die Hard.
When I woke up the next day, I was not at the top of my game. I was foggy and bloated. What happened next?
I was supposed to be heading home on a direct flight…. it’s late-March so I was not expecting to be SNOWED in! My direct flight was cancelled and I ended up on a not direct flight and when the plane landed for the stop-over, I was eventually snowed into a small airport where I was stranded for a day. What’s the message?
I recognize that sometimes life is just random, but it’s my habit to look for the lessons, and to me the lesson seemed clear…
Slow Down or BE Slowed Down
When I got home, I had a lot to catch up on … work, house chores, being a loving and present wife and mother… so it wasn’t time to slow down quite yet (which I share with you so you know, we all can only do the best we can do, we aren’t perfect)… but I did two things:
1. I took a 20-minute power nap before I dove in with all that was on my plate
2. I planned a completely rejuvenating weekend
A couple of days after getting home, I spent the weekend getting enough sleep, reading a great book, laughing, and eating nourishing homemade meals. It felt amazing! As I rested and laughed, I felt so much more like myself. And guess what else?…
I popped out of bed Monday morning before the alarm, ready to enjoy another week! That’s what Vibrant Vitality is all about!
Fuel Drop of the Month
Fuel Drop of the Month: Reach for the Pillow instead of the Cupcake
My wish for you is that the next time you notice yourself reaching for non-nourishing fuel, you’ll remember to reach for your pillow instead!
wishes for abundant wellness today and always,