You have permission to slow down.
Take a break.
Indulge in inactivity.
If you follow my blog, I know you are ambitious. You're healthy, passionate, engaged and regularly optimistic.
For Go Getters like us, a lazy day can feel like a complete waste.
But, boy is a lazy day, moment, or few hours critical if you're going to stay on top of your game.
"Starving the body of proper rest robs neurons of the ability to function properly," senior study author Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said in a statement. "This paves the way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us."
Downtime is not just a good idea, it's critical in order to function at our highest level.
It's usually the body, not the mind, that reminds us we need to slow down. We feel exceedingly tired, or our muscles are tense and achy, or it feels more difficult to access energy.
Can you change your state? Absolutely. But the question is should you?
The body is a beautiful tuning fork that lets us know our needs if we can keep our minds out of the way. The Achievers of the world often push through these subtle messages, taking on the "tough it out" mentality.
But there are consequences to this approach -- sickness, lack of energy, disconnection from priorities, dispassion, fluctuating moods, relational strife and more.
So, if you need this message today, here it is:
Cut yourself some slack. Take it easy.
You do not have to get it all done today. After a momentary pause, you'll be more inspired to authentically go get 'em later.
Your REST is just as important as your PRODUCTIVITY. In fact, your productivity depends on your rest.
Give yourself some grace. Go easy...
My FAV ways to REST and RELAX --
Take a bath
Read a book for enjoyment
Take a hike
Listen to a podcast
Watch a good show
Chat with a friend