Learning how to rest properly might seem like an odd task to do, but in a world of fast pace living it is often something many people take for granted.
We’ve all been there, when we feel like we have to get something done or meet an important deadline.
We work, hardly rest or look after ourselves, all because we have this preconceived notion in our minds that the deadline set is absolute and if we don’t hit it, we’ll be in trouble, or shamed, or deemed lacking in some way.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Learning how to say ‘no’ to things, how to express what time you actually need to complete tasks without running around like a mad thing, and learning to look after ourselves is all in our best interests.
Who wants to be rushing around, until we crumple in a heap and sometimes get ill?
And that’s what happens. When we don’t listen to our bodies and rest when we need to, we push ourselves to breaking point.
A lot of people only stop when they get ill, because at that point they have to stop.
Their body has had enough and basically stops you because your mind won’t let you.
This is incredibly stressful on our mental and bodily systems and causes a lot of residual damage. There’s only so many times your body will be able to handle this intense flux and one day it’ll stop for good.
Sounds morbid, but I believe this is important and should be taken seriously.
I’m sure, just like me, you’ve personally known people you care about fall into this trap.
It’s pretty hard watching others suffer, so don’t let yourself be another one to neglect their mind and body. You, all of you, deserves to be happy and healthy.
I’ve come to realise and know from my own behaviour that frequent rest is the key to sustainable productivity, and having and happy and healthy mind.
I also believe that when we embrace this new philosophy of slowing down, paying attention to our core needs, and acting with kindness and a gentle attitude, with no judgement, then we will all be much happier and actually be acting and working in ways which serve. Rather than forcing ourselves into routines which are sure to damage us beyond repair in the long run.
How many of us know someone who works so hard they ended up being a burn out early in life? Or an older relative who now has a severe illness because they worked too much for too long in a stressful environment?
Again, I don’t mean to upset or blame anyone – but the reality is that many of us suffer because of this need to push through, always be working, earning the weekend, and forcing ourselves to do too much which doesn’t serve us.
We need to break the habit of trusting the pre-conseived notion that we must do things or should do things.
We need to alleviate some of the pressure around these concepts and start asking ourselves and each other what best serves us.
We need to start learning how to do the best work possible with the time and energy we actually have.
We need to never judge ourselves or each other on the amount of work we do, how we do it, and to never compare or expect that one person can or should do the exact same work as someone else.
We each have different skills and strengths. Pushing yourself to achieve more is one thing, but pushing yourself to a break down or illness is not okay.
So relax a little, be pro-active, but take time to rest when you need to.
Life is not a race, you really don’t need to turn it into one.
When you are constantly rushing around you miss things, sometimes very important things.
Learn to slow down, and you’ll naturally fall into a life full of abundance.