If you have a smartphone, the default setting will kick it into “low battery mode” when the power level reaches 20%. At this point, the phone is programmed to stop showing new emails, reduce background app refresh, stop uploading photos to the cloud and dim the screen brightness — all steps that preserve battery life and allow the key functions of the phone to continue.

Why do people have such a hard time admitting when they have hit the “low battery mode” setting in their life? Instead of taking steps to reduce output and maintain their energy level, too many ignore the signs of fatigue and power through as if they had a full charge or they see slowing down as a sign of weakness instead of a natural occurrence that impacts many, especially in these uncertain times.

The next time your internal battery starts to reach that red zone, listen to the indicators and take steps to conserve juice just as your phone would do automatically. Push to the side that which is not time-sensitive or essential. Forego social media and head to sleep instead. Cut back on a commitment or two. Take a few moments for yourself if possible.

Treat your personal battery with the same care you do your phone. Low battery is not a warning to be ignored.

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