Keep Pushing Forward

Man sitting by lake during sunset

Questioning The Things That You Do

I think no matter how good or bad you have it, it’s human nature to question your thoughts, decisions and behavior. It doesn’t matter how much or little money you have; materialism is irrelevant when it comes to analyzing your life. We often question our lives because we are curious beings by nature. As long as we don’t know how we got here, we are going to always continue questioning. We question because we don’t understand the concept of life; if we did, then we wouldn’t be questioning in the first place.

How many of you question your ways of being on a daily basis? Even if you’re having the best day ever, you somehow still experience a moment where you wonder why you do the things that you do. It seems that no matter how much you improve in life, you still find something to complain about or question. It’s as if we’re not capable of experiencing peace and acceptance. We’re always searching for more.

But do not fall in the trap of being left behind. There’s a difference between questioning your ways and pushing forward versus questioning your ways and falling behind. Believe it or not, many fall behind because stress overloads them, paralyzing them in the process. They either give up on their goals and dreams and rewind back down to an easier path based on comfort, or they turn to substances to assist them with their daily struggles; some even develop a mental illness.

No matter how many lemons life throws at you, you cannot slip and fall. You have to always keep pushing forward, even if you’re tired, mentally exhausted and emotionally drained. You have to find a way to replenish your body and mind with positive energy and move forward. It’s always doable because you have gotten this far in life and you can just as easily continue marching forward. But you must not give up.

Giving up is quite tempting when you are mentally exhausted; who doesn’t want to accept an easier path in life? But if you want to achieve success, abundance and financial freedom, you must keep pushing forward. The easier path in life may bring you happiness but it will not necessarily bring you success. The harder path in life may bring you happiness but it might also not necessarily bring you success.

You just have to know what you want out of life and strive for one that will bring you happiness in the end. The point is to not allow the difficulties of life to prevent you from reaching your full potential. When potential is wasted, it increases your chances of future regret and living a life full of regret will not contribute to your happiness; it can even lead you into depression.

Always be on guard when it comes to your mental status, but learn to also take it easy in life and enjoy the journey no matter how rocky your path may become at times. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.

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Can’t Keep My Eyes Open

Tired young man laying in bed with sunrays shining on face

Exhausted But Still Kicking

The lack of sleep is a silent killer, similar to uncontrolled high blood pressure. While high blood pressure viciously attacks your organs such as your brain, heart, kidneys and more, the lack of sleep nonchalantly attacks your mental well-being. And so you start to rely on coffee, energy drinks, stimulants or a bunch of sugar.

While not the best way to go about your day, millions of people worldwide are sleep-deprived due to a poor sleep hygiene. Not having enough time to sleep is only an excuse propelled by those who actually do not have the discipline to get a full night’s 8-hour rest. It’s not hard to get good sleep, but are you interested in getting it in the first place?

The worst days are when you wake up and can’t keep your eyes open! All you can think of is emailing your employer, “leave me alone for today, I don’t want to think about you” and climb back into bed and peacefully snooze. That sounds nice and can definitely be done once in a while, but should not be your go-to-strategy.

And even if you sleep all day, it’s just not the same quality of sleep as you get during the night, especially when going to bed earlier in the evening. Sometimes it’s worth considering taking days off from work in order to refresh your mind and unwind your chakras. But your best strategy should be an awesome sleep hygiene!

You may be exhausted and still kicking, but is that really how you want to go about your day? Wouldn’t have it been easier to just go to sleep on time the previous night? But that’s where a lot of us struggle: we want to watch another episode of a Netflix show, talk an extra hour on the phone, fall deeper down the YouTube hole, etc.

The excuses for not getting enough sleep at night can pile up, until you become chronically sleep-deprived and start to experience a change in your mental well-being. Lack of sleep is associated with irritability, sadness, anger, anxiety and a poor outlook on life; it’s associated with feeling incomplete!

Can’t keep your eyes open but are still kicking? Good. A little pain is what it sometimes takes to make a change in poor behavior.

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Fatigue From Work

Fatigued man lying on wooden bench outside

A Different Kind Of Tired

Working can really take a toll on your energy level. Even if your job is not demanding or intensive, fatigue can build up over time and hit you without ever anticipating it. Fatigue is an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. When you are fatigued, you have no motivation or energy.

Fatigue is not the same as being tired due to lack of sleep. When you are tired from not sleeping well, you feel drained and exhausted, but generally recover after a good night’s rest. But fatigue is chronic; imagine a baseline or plateau where you experience little to no change despite getting more sleep.

You may come home and feel like not doing anything that requires much brain power. But you realize that you have to take care of the kids, study for an exam or prepare a presentation for work. As reality kicks in, you start to experience stress and maybe even anxiety.

Uncontrolled fatigue can take a toll on your mental health, relationships and work performance. Understanding how to handle fatigue is very important! It requires balance, motivation and positivity. You have to learn how to “ride the fatigue” and not get knocked off your center of balance.

So how do you do this? You have to enjoy every moment of life no matter how tired you are. Don’t try to fight fatigue or you will just get more exhausted and stressed. Rather, take baby steps and find pleasure in your activities despite feeling drained. Maybe introduce some coffee or an energy drink here and there, but don’t overdo it with the caffeine either.

You have to learn how to flow through your days, easing in and out of activities with pleasure and as little stress as possible. It’s actually not that hard to do. It all starts with your mindset: adopt a laid-back attitude on life while maintaining your intensity. This means that you still hustle and work hard but with a sense of relaxation while taking the edge off things.

So when you are experiencing fatigue, remind yourself that it’s not you! We all experience it. But you have to learn how to flow and “ride the fatigue.”

Just ride and flow.

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