For so long we’ve been encouraged to push. Do more. Get up early. Complete an ever growing list of things before you begin your day. Push through. Suck it up. You’ll get used to it. But what if you’re not getting used to it. What if you’re simply accepting that you feel, well a bit shit, even exhausted, have brain fog, but keep pushing through anyway because that’s what you ‘should’ do. Life isn’t going to wait for you, there’s no time to slow down or stop.
Rest is as important as play. Rest is as important as work. When we’re truly rested our mind is clearer, our decision making skills are better, our reaction times are faster and our bodies straight up work better in every way. We’re more efficient. We’re more effective.
I have witnessed and felt the result of too many years of lack of rest both in others and myself. Adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and other physical and mental illnesses. Guilt while resting isn’t restful and recovery time drags on and on.
Honour your energy. Listen to what your body is telling you. At times you’ll be full of energy and raring to go. Utilise those times and then when you’re body says it needs you to slow down or straight up stop; listen, honour where you’re at and make choices in alignment with your energy in that moment. Working with the eb and flow of your energy is actually more efficient than pushing yourself.
Think the tortoise and hare, but better still you get to be both by honouring both your hare and tortoise moments.
Why wait for a holiday or global pandemic to rest. Take time out. Step away from the computer. Go for a walk. Take a nap. Meditate. Get out in nature. Take a bath. Read a book for escape. Simply breathe. You’d be amazed what a difference 20 minutes of rest can make. Give your adrenals a break. Give your mind a break. REST
I support people as they learn to work with what they have rather than what they wish they had without the trial and error journey. Why, because I’ve been there. If you’d like to chat about ways you can integrate rest and honour your own energy you’re welcome to book in for a complimentary virtual walk and chat