Are you suffering from Princess and the Pea syndrome?
You're doing every possible thing to be healthy, happy and grounded but you still don’t feel quite right?
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale tells of a prince who could not find his perfect princess.
Alas, there was always something wrong with the princesses presented to him…too short, too tall, too loud, too shy. Something.
One stormy evening a princess came to the gates of the palace. She looked like a wet rat and did not seem the least bit princessy to the suspicious king and queen, but the prince took a shine to her. Was she for real?
They put her in a room with twenty eider-down mattresses to rest for the night. Just before she settled into her chamber, the queen put one pea at the bottom of the stack of mattresses. Asked how she had slept the next morning, the princess described a sleepless night and said she was black and blue all over. Bam! She was the real thing and soon wedding bells were ringing at the palace.
That single annoying pea is akin to the thing that is still bugging you even though you are doing Everything Right.
Something is still off and your best life is calling you to figure out what it is. To find that thing, you need to become a sleuth about your health and the tool for that? Simplify.
Get your routine down to absolute basics for a couple of days and your ‘pea’ is sure to show itself.
How do you simplify? Easy. Plan ahead. Choose a 1-2 day period where you can really get it down to the basics. Plan your healthiest simplest meals, be home early and limit your own stressors—no time with toxic people, no stressful TV programs (looking at you, CNN), early to bed.
I don’t have the time to do this, you might say. My schedule is too busy! I have too much going on every single night. I always watch Zombie CNN Dead Zone of Thrones before bed. I have to eat a pint of ice cream and a jar of dulce de leche to sleep! If you're saying that, you know what your 'peas' are and you're avoiding dealing. But if you want to know and really can't figure it out, then set aside this short period of time and get this done. You are a grown adult and this is adulting.
If you are plunging through your days feeling crappy, you owe it to yourself to figure this out. Find a day and a half..and simplify your life down to the basics and by the end of your second night’s rest, you’ll know what your ‘pea’ is.