Power Outage–What Now?

Power_outage10_jpg_475x310_q85At O’Dark Thirty this morning, the power went out. My husband has set up some beeping mechanisms in our house I don’t quite understand for such an event, so these obnoxious sounds started alerting us in the deep, dark black. Nobody was happy, especially the dog.

I started thinking how our bodies are like that. (What can I say? This is where my mind goes.) If we don’t fuel it properly, it starts sending obnoxious beeping noises. Oh, sure, we might not actually beep, but our noses run, our throats hurt, our energy drops, whatever. These are all signs that beg us to pay attention, to stop running on our treadmill-of-a-life and reset the buttons.

I did an interview on a radio show yesterday where the host kept talking about how much he loved salt. (He actually carried a salt shaker with him, he said.) He was afraid I was going to tell him to give that up and that’s what made him feel happy. What I tried to explain was that when your body is humming because of your healthy choices that becomes your primary happy place. Sometimes that requires trying things a different way to see if you feel EVEN better and find a new, healthier way to feel happy. (I’m not sure it took, but you get the idea.)

So if you’re feeling beeping noise in your body, ask this question: is there something I am doing (that I say is making me happy) that is actually causing my body to warn me…AND…if I stop that thing (that I say is making me happy) is there a possibility I might be even happier?

Food for thought.

About @jamieweil

Parent, teacher, writer, filmmaker, youth mental health advocate. Passionate about having new conversations surrounding youth mental/brain illness and suicide awareness. Author of YA novel, First Break, released Wednesday, October 10, 2018, World Mental Health Day. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and available for request through your local bookstore. New YA Novel, Intuition, to be released Summer 2019 (www.jamieweil.net). Concurrently producing the groundbreaking docuseries A Crazy Thought, a sharing of hope and help from the voice of a parent and teacher (www.acrazythought.com). Working with award-winning female filmmakers to bring about a new conversation in youth mental health.
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10 Responses to Power Outage–What Now?

  1. K says:

    The other day I neglected eating lunch (I ended up napping with my littlest guy and was just busy overall)…but I was REALLY feeling the lack of energy by dinner. Thankfully, I have been taking better care to eat regularly since! Sorry about your power outage (and the dog being unhappy). Hope all is well now!

    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Aww, those toddler naps. A fun moment in life. It is so easy to forget to take care of ourselves when others demand first chair, but I’m happy to know you’re back on track. Lights on, here! Hugs!

      • K says:

        Hooray for power, right? Not sure how our great-great grandparents ever lived without all the conviniences we daily take for granted!!!!!
        Hugs back at ya!

      • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

        Doesn’t it sound refreshing sometimes, though, K? Just some candles in a cabin with no technology? Maybe a fun experiment! (Or not:)

      • K says:

        We actually had a prolonged (did I misspell that?…it looks strange) power outage last December, and it was an adventure to say the least. We were grateful for our candles, gas stove, and that it didn’t last too long! But we did figure out that we were a little energy dependent and have tried to adjust. I think the candles and cabin sound romantic…maybe without kiddos? đŸ™‚

      • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

        For sure, K! The kiddos would NOT be amused, I’m afraid:)

  2. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Excellent point for pondering… Am I really taking the time to listen to the ‘beeping’ my body is making about things I THINK are making me happy (ie: chips and dip because of the season and the ‘it’s only once a year’ excuse) and to consider removing those things and focus on the happy ‘hum’ my body makes when there’s no junk food in it? A little step, but a big concept, with great results. Thanks for helping me focus on any beeping, and appreciating the happy hum of contentment when I am making the right choices. I love your blog!
    Hugs, Gina

    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Thank you, Gina! Here’s to humming starting now and moving through the rest of your life. Seltzer-water cheers! Hugs, Jamie (I love your blog, too!)

  3. Beth Hull says:

    Yes, this! This! I think dessert after the kids go to sleep makes me happy, but I sleep so much better and feel so much better without it. Great wake-up call.

    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Don’t I know it, Beth! Always makes me think of Princess Bride: “You do not know, what you think you know…” Love that scene! Thanks for commenting. Hope to see you soon!

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