Recently, I’ve had a LOT going on. Big events and big changes on top of my regular schedule and responsibilities. I pushed myself, ignored the warning signs and ended up with laryngitis.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on why rest is so important and how to view it as a productive habit.
When you take the time to take care of yourself (mentally, emotionally and physically) – only good things happen.
If you’re well-slept, you’re eating well, you worked out that morning…you’re putting your best foot forward for not only yourself, but for everyone you interact with. Rest is apart of that. Without proper rest, relaxation and down time it’s easy to succumb to stress and burnout (which can clearly lead to sickness).
This post also goes out to all you entrepreneurs, as there’s no real stop line for us, and it may feel counterintuitive to prioritize rest over your never ending to-do list. Let this be your reminder to slow down and remember to take care of yourself first. Your business can’t function properly if you don’t either!
Additionally, rest doesn’t always mean sitting on your couch watching TV. To me, it simply means giving your mind, body and soul full permission to RELAX. Stop thinking, take a load off, let it all go. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, there may be a few ideas on this list.
Without further adieu, here are a few of my reminders for you on how to prioritize rest –
↠ Say yes to things you want to say no to.
↠ Forget to check in with yourself during busy times.
↠ Allow others to drain your energy. (Especially during a hectic period, as you’re probably already drained. Don’t put yourself in situations where your energy will be depleted further.)
↠ Push yourself and suppress feelings of stress when your body is giving you signals to slow down.
↠ Feel guilty about taking a break.
↠ Realize prioritizing your rest and health is not selfish. It simply keeps you in a good state and that’s what you present to the world. It allows you to show up for yourself and others as your best self.
↠ Create boundaries for yourself around your work and responsibilities. They shouldn’t consume your life, health is always #1.
↠ Have daily grounding check ins (journal, meditate, exercise) and recognize how you feel following those activities. I’m guessing you’ll feel pretty awesome 😉
↠ Listen to your body. If you start to feel anything resembling stress or anxiety – that’s your warning sign. Take a break, step away, slow down.
↠ Learn to let go! When you’re resting and taking these breaks, don’t allow your work day to follow you. Fully surrender to rest.
Hoping this post found you at the right time and you now view your downtime a little differently. Would love to know if you needed this reminder, as I know writing this post definitely helped me!