There are some days that, no matter what I do to get off to a good start, motivate and empower myself, I am just wiped out. Does this happen to you? I find my mind is dull, my body heavy, and my heart lacking enthusiasm. My to-do list is usually overflowing and I have deadlines looming, but I eventually realise that none of it can be done in this state and I must succumb to the wipe out.
I officially declare a WOD – Wipe Out Day!
I give Wipe Out Days full reverence and space. Meaning that when this happens, it’s my body calling out for rest and I really need to listen. I make it a sacred practice! It usually means I’ve been pushing too hard for too long.
So, rather than push myself even more, this is what I do:
1. Do the absolute Must-Do-Today things.
I check on what really has to be done today or the world will end, and I do that. If necessary, I make the phone calls to cancel appointments and delay some things or reduce what can be done. Sometimes this requires courage to request the space and put myself first. Nearly always it works out that the other people involved appreciate the space too! Then I totally let go of everything else that I had thought was essential.
2. Turn everything off
Computers, phones, music – all off. I close curtains and any windows to outside noise. I tune out of the world to tune in to myself. Instant relief and spaciousness arises.
3. Give myself full permission for a WOD
I make sure every thought is positive, spacious and self-loving. There is no guilt or self-doubt. My rest is 100% priority and only this will allow me to get back in full power and motivation mode, and to be useful to anyone else.
A Wipe Out Day is an official self-empowered declaration of self-love.
4. Practice Yoga Nidra
I get myself super comfortable, warm and cosy, with my eyes covered, and I press play on a guided Yoga Nidra recording. On WODs I usually pass out, totally asleep, for most of the recording!! And that is totally ok! This is the quickest way to letting go of the mind and tension, and dropping into deep deep rest. Find my free Yoga Nidra recordings here.
5. Don’t move until I’m ready
I don’t rush the transition out of Nidra at all. I might be dozing in and out of sleep for another hour even, if necessary. I allow myself to be cradled in the comfort of this state of deep rest and ease, still giving myself full permission to be there. I let myself lie there until there is something in me that makes me want to get up. Nothing is more important.
6. Let the mind wander
This is the most important time – the dozing after yoga nidra, in a deep state of rest – as various thoughts and awarenesses come to mind, like a processing of all the mumble jumble of the mind and emotions, in order to make space for clarity. There’s no intention to solve any problems, but often things come clear and creativity arises. I make sure not to allow any self-doubt or depressing thoughts, and keep myself in a space of loving support.
7. Drink lots of water – I usually find I’m dehydrated when I am so tired, and I feel the need to guzzle loads of fresh, clear water.
8. Get into nature
When ready, I go out for an easy stroll in nature. Again no focus on exercise or any particular objective – just wandering and enjoying the sights and sounds and smells. Ideally in a really natural place and barefoot, to reconnect to the earth’s energy. Taking time to just be and receive her loving guidance.
9. Eat really healthy
I make sure I feed myself fresh vegetables and perhaps I make some yummy green juice. My body needs nourishment but not too much food. I keep it light so that digestion is easy. I go for healthy comfort food so that it feels good in every way.
10. Do a happy thing
I offer myself the tender loving care I really need. I do something that nourishes my soul and lifts my spirit. So I might take a bath or call a friend, or read a great book or watch an uplifting film, or lie back with my hips on a cushion and my legs up on a couch, anything that makes me happy and that I might not always take the time for.
11. Set an intention for tomorrow
Finally, I get myself tucked up in bed for a super early night. Before sleeping I focus on my gratitude for this awesome WOD. I then formulate an intention to wake up the next day fully energised and motivated and ready to be super effective.
I find that my WODs give me such a boost and are the most self-empowered and uplifting response possible to my in-the-moment need for rest, love and care. They help me listen deeply to my needs, call back my power, get clear on what is essential, and allow my natural creativity, life force and joy bubble up once again.
Everyone needs a WOD every so often.
So please don’t be afraid to declare a WOD next time you really need it. Consider what you need to do to have an official WOD. Let the family know. Sort out the kids and pets. Do what you need to do and make it happen. Maybe it is just for a few hours but no matter how long it is, give yourself total permission and make it priority. You won’t regret it.
When you let go of what you think is critically important you might just discover what is really essential.
with love, Georgina