The Gift of Rest
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 :)
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