âI shared something on Instagram today I wanted to be sure to share here as well--
You know when you are at the top of the day? I mean âtopâ as in pinnacle, you got there, you are flying high, things are going your way. Then out of nowhere, the clouds open up, rain is falling, and you are sliding down the other side of the mountain.
Whether it is something as simple as being on time for an appointment then suddenly being behind a tractor on a one-lane road en route, or if it is major...I'm not even going to go into the potential examples, I'm sure just thinking about them brings up enough anxiety!
But what is so needed to remember in those times, the ârainingâ times, is that the sun will indeed be back out.
Sometimes we can push through the rain-- itâs just a little bit, itâs not too strong, and we can keep pushing until the sun arrives. Other times we need to find somewhere to wait a bit, observe but get out of the downfall...take a dose of self care rather than pushing and just getting soaked so to speak... then as it gets lighter or clears completely, we continue on.
Whatâs that song Alexa seems to get onto every playlist recently? âSunshine after the rainâ¦â
Or as my fav gal Annie says, âThe sunâll come out tomorrow.â
These songs never say, âwell hereâs the rain, it is here to stay, it is never leaving, the end.â
And they are onto something, arenât they?
Even when the rail is full-out hurricane, eventually, somehow some way, the sun will shine again. It may not be bright blue skies all day everyday, but it will be there peeking through somewhereâ¦
Hereâs to finding the sun behind the clouds,
We spend a lot of time thinking about the work we need to do, are doing, or did... be it regarding working out, our jobs, or everything else in our lives.
But do we think enough about rest?
Today I felt so 'off'. Do you know those days? You're not sure if you're 'just' not motivated, or maybe you didn't sleep well, or maybe you're fighting something, or cue shrug emoji you're just not quite right...?
I went through the checklist of possible reasons, but it just seemed that with the really busy schedule and general feeling of overwhelm that's been present recently had gotten to me, and my body was making it really clear that a day off was needed.
But on paper it didn't look like that was needed...Sometimes it is beyond the physical exertion. Mental and emotional stressors, lack of good sleep, how we fuel our bodies-- there are so many more ways we get run down. Sometimes it is the physical, sometimes it is not, but the body knows when it needs a break and has various ways of making that known to us, if we are ready to listen.
You are not a failure for not going 100% every single day. We need to refuel and recharge. We were not made to go at 100% all day every day. Even God took off Sunday!
So I challenge you to work hard, but to also listen to your body. Is it telling you something?
Today mine was "speaking to me" regarding working out, not in my normal cues of being super sore or about to fall asleep standing up, but rather a general "off" feeling. I tried to press forward but my body kept saying NOPE. So I finally I agreed, turned around from my destination, and walked along the water on this glorious day.
Yes, I take days off! Body AND mind-- they each need their rest.
How have you recognized the need for rest?
If in regards to work and personal life, how do you create those pockets of time for rest?
Would love to hear your thoughts. And if you don't feel like sharing, just promise me you'll check in with yourself and ask if your are ready to push or in need of a moment's rest :)