Fear Question, Who Needs my "A Game", Water and Hydration
Insights and Reflections #1
Hi, welcome to the first installment of “Insights and Reflections” section inside the Conquering Burnout Newsletter.
"Insights and Reflections" is a place where I'm sharing my recent insights and reflections about life, nutrition, wellness and well-being, but mostly about my burnout journey.
My goal with this with section of the Conquering Burnout Newsletter is to share valuable information and insights that I found useful and might help you in your own life and your own burnout journey.
Let’s begin: here are my three insights and reflections from past week.
One question that will help you overcome fear
Fear can be a very limiting factor.
Fear often distorts our perception of reality and forces us to believe in something that is actually not true, which negatively affects our perception of reality, our thinking, choices and behaviors.
Most of the time, fear is rooted in memory of past traumatic and stressful events and triggers the amygdala to take over the control of our mind.
We all have fears that negatively affect us.
My fear is about burning out. I recently found myself in rough seas, paddling in the waves of anxiety and fear afraid that I'm on the edge of burnout. Then I got still, breathed slowly and slowly released the tension and melted away the fear and anxiety.
Then I remembered a question that had already helped me to overcome and move through the fear in the past:
"What would I do and how would I behave if I didn't have the fear of burning out?"
This question helped me realize that I should focus on what I can control and act according to that.
That night I made myself some tea, I released some tension from my body with stretching and yoga, took my supplements (a double dose of CBD, please!), journaled, got a good night sleep and wake up well rested.
This insight and realization that night brought me peace and relieved me of my anxiety and fear of burning out.
So when you find yourself paralysed by the fear, ask yourself this series of questions:
"What would I do and how would I behave if I didn't have the fear of ___? What are the things I know I should do and how I know I should act but I don't because I'm afraid?"
When you move through the fear, you can look at things from a different, more clear perspective, and you can start making steps towards your goals.
Who needs my “A Game”?
It’s very easy to get lost in our own heads, especially when things don’t go our way or when we’re not feeling very good.
When this happens to you, you can try to head out of your own head by focusing on others and being “of service” to others.
To do that, ask yourself the following questions:
“What can I focus on that's more important than my pain, malaise and discomfort? Who needs my "A game"? Who needs the best of what I am and I can offer?“
It’s very interesting what kind of effect sense of urgency and neccesity have on our mood and well-being.
(Credit for these ideas go to Brendon Burchard and his book High Performance Habits.)
Water and Hydration
Adequate hydration plays a huge role in how we feel, but we often underestimate its impact.
Especially during the hot summer days, drinking enough water and fluids and staying hydrated is crucial!
So make sure you’re hydrated: drink 0,5 to 1L (17 to 34 oz) of water more each day during the hot summer days and add more salt to your diet (you can also add some in your water) and get enough minerals and electrolytes - especially sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium.
Optimal hydration during the hot summer days is a true game changer!
That’s it for this week’s “Insights and Reflections” , I hope you found it interesting and insightful!
I would love to know your thoughts about it and if you would like to read about this on a regular basis - maybe once a week. Let me know in the comments below or by an email response.
See you again very soon!