In the high volume society we occupy today, it’s sad that we only rest when we’re forced to by illness.
Something that I have taken note of in the last year, is that I haven’t been sick. Sure, I could point to several reasons why that is, but I believe it has to with prioritizing rest over work (or should I say, overwork) during this winter season.
To elaborate, I’ve created “preemptive sick-days” for myself to observe. I’m incredibly visual when it come to reminders or learning; I find that penciling in rest and relaxation days (minutes, breaks, nights etc.) helps me engage in resting more.
What lead me to create “preemptive sick-days” was noticing how my body responds to over-work, pushing beyond my limitations, and stress. Without fail, I always managed to catch cold, sniffles, even allergic responses in some cases. In the high volume society we occupy today, it’s sad that we only rest when we’re forced to by illness. This lead me to believe, that by tuning into how my body is feeling, I can respond to its needs by engaging in restful activities such as:
- reading a new book (Right now, I’m in the middle of four)
- practicing meditation, yin, or restorative yoga
- making my favorite tea and enjoying it
- sitting outside and observing (even if it’s in your own yard)
- taking a warm shower or bath
- taking a nap (my favorite)
- indulging a bit (I find myself wanting more avocado and coconut milk in my diet)
These are just some ideas to help you create a restful mindset. Find something that makes you feel at ease and fully be present in it. Don’t shame yourself for not working hard or missing that hot yoga class. Trust me, by cultivating a restful balance, you can come back in full health and vitality.
I hope this post makes you rethink and incorporate that good ol’ R&R where it’s needed.
Whole. Healthy. Peace.