13 Things NOT To Do When You’re Exhausted

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Last week, Edie Melson and I directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. We are exhausted. Not sure either of us could spell it. We compiled a list of 13 things NOT to do when you’re tired and need down time. With the holidays at our front door, we know all of you will be facing similar situations.

Take a look at this list. You might even want to check off each one to ensure you remain sane for Thanksgiving and are able to enjoy all the wonderful moments ahead with family and friends.

  1. Don’t put your cell phone in the dishwasher. It may need to be sanitized, but the charger isn’t there.
  2. Don’t attempt to cook because the results might end up down the garbage disposal.
  3. Don’t look at the mail piled on your office chair. It could make you cry.
  4. Don’t think you can jump right back into your typical exercise routine. Your energy is depleted.
  5. Don’t leave your suitcase packed. Unload it when you get home or the procrastination might depress you.
  6. Don’t think about staying home from church. Trust me, you’ll need God’s help to get back on track.
  7. Don’t skip the naps.
  8. Don’t attempt to edit your work or your life. Sleep first.
  9. Don’t forget to thank all the wonderful people in your life for their love and support.
  10. Don’t cave in to junk food cravings. Now is the time to eat healthily and build back your body’s reserves.
  11. Don’t try to organize your office. I did that once after a conference, and still can’t find some things I need.
  12. Don’t return home and begin a home improvement project. Power tools and sleep deprivation are NOT a good combination.
  13. Don’t be in a rush to speed back to work. For writers, that means waiting to send requested proposals and submissions. Give yourself a couple of days to rest, and you’ll find a fresh perspective for whatever awaits you.

There you have it! Edie and I were too tired to think of any more!

What about you? Do you have advice for those who are exhausted during this most wonderful time of the year?