Kate Strong | Intuitive Healing
Hormones and Stress

Is Your Inner Pusher Running Your Ragged?

Two days ago I spent the whole day racing around cleaning my house, the more I cleaned, the more I saw to clean. I was grumpy as I was cleaning, thinking that everyone else in my house was lazy, and how dare they enjoy themselves all day when I was cleaning after them.


I messaged them checklists of the jobs each one of them could do to contribute. They each agreed that they would do them, but I knew from past experience when I’m in this mode that they probably wouldn’t even go near that list.


So I seethed some more.


I cleaned my cutlery drawer, oh and there’s grime in that corner on the floor, so I steam mopped the floor and got down with a scourer as well. I even cleaned one son’s laptop which I thought was filthy.


I enjoyed the energy that this surge of anger and enthusiasm gave me.


I even facilitated a 2 hour healing session with a friend over skype that evening.


And then I couldn’t sleep that night. I was wired.



Yesterday I could barely move. I was like a slug. And I cried all morning.


When I was in super woman mode I was avoiding my underlying feelings of shame I felt about a situation, and rather than feel that, I responded by whipping out a lengthy *to do* list.


My response to not wanting to feel my feelings and therefore only feeling anxiety, is to get something done. And then something more.


And nothing was enough.


I went into overachieving mode. I didn’t want to feel the vulnerability of feeling my feelings.


Do more, Be more

My inner pusher, along with my inner perfectionist and inner critic was in my ear all day egging me along, if I did more, if I achieved more, then I would feel accomplished.


I could feel the way I wanted to feel about myself, albeit a martyr striving in the face of others audacity to have fun while I was slogging away. I got to tell myself that I was in the slip stream of achievement, when really inside I felt incompetent, and I was bracing myself against that feeling of shame underlying that.



So here I sit, Monday morning, which is usually an anxious time for me. I suspect my inner pusher has taken charge of Monday mornings for as long as I can remember. Up and at em! Get things done. New work week. Get it done. Mark it off the check list. And then I can feel satisfied that I’ve met my standards.


Not so.


That time never comes. there’s always more to do, get done.


Brene Brown, the famous speaker at TED, whose talk went viral, has perhaps the most powerful audio series I’ve heard about vulnerability,  – The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage says that calm people use their breath before they respond to situations.


So I tried that this morning, I used my breath. I breathed into this moment, I brought myself back to the now, I realised there will always be a checklist, but my approach can be one of gratitude for the peace in this moment.


And in that peace I created for myself, I felt I wanted to write this article. Not from my “to do” list, but from a space of organic expression.


Are you pushing yourself to overachieve and running yourself ragged?

Kate offers Healings and Intuitive Guidance. She offers sessions in the Emotion Code, Body Code, Cord Cutting Past Life Healings, Soul Healings and more. She offers these by email.


  • esellek

    I have moments like this, sweeping up around people! I’ve a little notebook of things I want to accomplish during the week (currently start writing essay!)

  • Hemal

    Great that you got to organic expression…and I’m assuming you meant ‘organic’ there lol

    Sounds like you were off-balance and operating from that place and compensating with actions, always playing ‘catch-up’.

    Great that you got to your centeredness, Kate, and from it came this post and so much more today 🙂

  • Kate

    I think theres nothing wrong with having checklists, its when I get in a certain mode that its the problem, like when Im avoiding my feelings. I can still do the same tasks in a sane manner when Im being compassionate with myself. But not in that mental driven manner lol

  • Kate

    Thanks Hemal. 🙂

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