While you’re learning about how amazing you are, and how there’s almost nothing you can’t do, you’ve got to make sure that you take care of yourself. Yes, you’re powerful and capable, but if you’re not careful then there are a lot of simple things in this world that can knock you off your stride. With all the stuff that you can do, you don’t want to let something small bring you down. So you need to look after your body.
First, don’t wear yourself out trying to do it all. You need sleep in order to be the best version of yourself. You can’t hold it together with willpower alone. Too many people keep pushing themselves past what they’re really capable of, burn out or get sick, and then finally learn the lesson that they don’t have to fix everything or be a superman/woman. But you can save yourself some stress and learn that lesson now.
A Formula 1 car is incredibly powerful, but only if it’s properly maintained and fueled. Same goes for you. Fail to get the rest you need, and your body won’t be able to repair itself as well as it needs to. Slowly, all the effort you’re putting in to stay on top of things will start to unravel. You’ll actually have to spend more energy trying to hold it all together, until you just can’t do it any more. Looking after your sleep is probably the number one thing you can do to improve your quality of life, decision making, and performance in whatever tasks you’re worrying about getting done. Sleep-deprived people take longer to do a task and make more errors doing it. So staying up late to get more done could be counterproductive if the next day you can’t get anything done because you’re too exhausted.
Next, there’s something to be said for keeping yourself out of situations that are going to send you into a spiral of emotions that will stop you from doing what you need to do. This might be making sure you don’t listen to the news just before you work or go to bed, because if you hear something disturbing you’ll be distracted all day. If you know you’ll be badly affected and you have a choice about whether or not you do it, you need to do what’s best for you.
Even if you’re a pretty tough character, there are some situations where there’s only so much you can take before you’re out of balance. If you can recognise these situations and keep out of them in the first place, you won’t have the stress of trying to handle what you know are difficult times for you. If you know you’re likely to stay up way too late watching TV and make yourself too tired to do anything, you need to set yourself some rules that will keep you on track and not sidelined each day making tired choice after tired choice.
So keep on top of your fragility – recognise it, accept it, and manage it. Denying it will only mean you push yourself into places that you don’t have the resources to handle. But learning to work with it will let you save your energy for the hard things you already have to do. Life is hard enough sometimes – why make it harder by trying to do it with one hand tied behind your back, orr half asleep?