Today I want to consider the red flags that pop up wave sometimes subtly and sometimes quite obviously to warn us that we are beginning to go from a state of balance to imbalance.
A red flag is a sign be it emotional, physical, intellectual that pop up telling us that we are veering off track. They are 100% personal and different for every person.
A red flag in my life is my inability to control my emotional self. When I am out of balance I have a challenging time controlling my emotions, finding that my reactions to simple situations are much more emotional than they would be when I am in balance. Another red flag I see in myself is a lack of motivation. I notice my general desire to multi-task and attack my to-do list decreases dramatically!
The key is to know what YOUR red flags are so that you are recognize them and make the necessary course corrections early. Often this means noticing the subtle red flags before the big bold ones start waving.
How do we highlight what red flags we wave when we are heading into a state of imbalance?
- First, I want you to think about the last time you felt out of balance. Think about that moment just before you made any course correction. Replay those moments in your mind.
- Now we are going to start in that moment and play the event on rewind (sllloooooowwww rewind) and look for any red flags we can find. A red flag could be exhaustion, emotions, irritability, lack of motivation, or even going into a higher gear for a short period (that you can't sustain). For many Mammas the red flags get more obvious as they get more and more out of balance, so it is likely that as you work through these situations in rewind you will see the bigger red flags first and they will get smaller as you go backward.
- Ultimately you want to find that very first red flag that surfaced showing that you were heading out of balance. At this point, how could have you course corrected?
- How can you keep these red flags at the top of your mind so you can notice them as they pop up in the future and make adjustments? Perhaps you share them with your partner so they can bring anything they notice to your attention, or you could write them down in your journal and check-in with them occasionally. What is going to work for you?
Let's strive to stay balanced as this busy holiday season approaches!