1. Repair Gauge – Sleep – “How much sleep did you get last night?”
2. Fluid Gauge – Hydration – “When was the last time you had a drink of water?”
3. Fuel Gauge – Nutrition – “When was the last time you ate?”
4. Pressure Gauge – Stress – “When was the last time you took a breather?”
5. Power Gauge – Confidence – “What are you doing for personal growth?”
It is important to do a self evaluation periodically throughout the day. Most people don’t pay attention to what their bodies are telling them. We all get the signals when you tune into them. Instead of just trudging through the day blindly taking it as it comes, take some time to “check your gauges”.
Lost sleep is the cause of a lot of problems, from fatigue and irritability to weight gain. You should shoot for 6-8 hrs a night. If you’re not waking up refreshed you’re not getting enough sleep. This may mean getting to bed 15 minutes earlier each night or adding a mid day nap.
If you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated, start drinking water upon waking and sip water throughout the day. If you’re feeling sluggish with brain fog and a hung over feeling you’re likely dehydrated. Simple fix, drink more water until your urine is just about clear color. Darker color urine is a sign of dehydration.
Beyond sleep and hydration if you’re still lacking energy and motivation the odds are you need to eat more frequently to keep the engine running. Three meals a day is necessary, some of us need to add snacks in between meals to meet our needs. Anything is better than nothing.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, like there is no end in sight for work and the problems are mounting, then its a good time for a breather. Get some exercise, meditate, write in a journal, move to a different environment. Do anything to get out of this state. Nothing productive is going happen and prolonged periods in this state lead to sickness and disease.
If your confidence is in the gutter, then I can ensure that you’re not thinking clearly. I have been there and know first hand when you get your mind right and start thinking positive, good things come your way. Start reading some books, watching motivational videos, find a mentor, surround yourself with uplifting people, find out what you want in life, your passion and get after it.
Becoming more aware of how your feeling and why you may be feeling that way makes it much easier to find a solution. Sometimes the solution is much simpler than you think. Check your gauges throughout the day and make some positive changes that will impact your life!