After walking through fear, an obstacle, or a Shift-Storm™ there is a sense of freedom that is gained. A moment of “I DID IT!” that can and will fuel you as you move closer to your dreams.
This will be followed by the desire to rest. And you may try to disregard it. But this desire should NOT be ignored!
If you don’t rest and just move towards the next thing there is no time to ruminate and plan. There is no way for the next thing to be fully fleshed out before starting and you will end up with a tangled mess that will take too long to sort out.
Rest in Today’s Society
Rest is an important thing. In our society we celebrate the go-getter, the hustler, the person who makes sh*t happen. But after a while of GO GO GO, burnout happens, and your body forces you to rest. This can happen in a myriad of ways, depression, illness, or just dropping dead to name a few.
Take the time to slow down and gather your strength. You’ve just been through a lot and you need to rejuvenate. Allow yourself to bask in the warm embrace of success and enjoy the fruits that come with it.
It is in this moment that divine intervention will show you what’s next. That moment when you become inspired to do something more, bigger, better.
It is not weak to rest. Even Pro-Athletes take time to rest and recuperate. Why not you? While your recoup may not be in an ice bath, you should take a bath. Get a massage. Take time in the morning to just be. This gives your mind, body, and soul the time to filter out all that has occurred and file it away properly.
Taking Time Off
It can be hard to take time off, and I’ve found that we don’t take enough of it. We don’t allow ourselves to really ‘clear the decks’ from our days and weeks of DOing.
It feels like if we stop, ALL the plates we have going will come crashing to the ground…and some may. But, some may need to.
You don’t need to do ALL THE THINGS. It’s time to declutter what isn’t working, what is taking away from your life instead of giving to it. It’s ok to say NO. You don’t need so many plates.
Decluttering is a process and just getting that first item off your list will create the space to see what else is unnecessary. The space to stop, rest, and refile all the things in your brain.
And then there are those moments when you have to wipe the slate clean. Shove ALL the things off the desktop and start picking through the pile. (Note: This is a drastic measure. But at least you have a clean desk!) I’ve seen those moments show up as heart attacks, strokes, losing a job, and death. EVERYTHING falls to the side because you have ONE SERIOUS thing to deal with. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
Don’t Wait for Life to Stop You!
The thing is, you don’t have to get to that point. Start with taking an intentional day off. One day in which you DON’T DO ANYTHING but what feeds your soul. No shopping. No cooking. No cleaning. No taking care of someone or something else. NOTHING.
Once you have that, try for two days…a weekend. Go to the mountains and sit with the river. Paint something (unless you’re a painter 😉). Read a good book for pleasure (not a business or self-help book, something fanciful and light.)
Remember to bask in your success. Own it. Allow it to wash over you. Recuperate and allow your next moves to come to you, don’t chase them.
You deserve to take a moment for yourself. A moment to allow your mind to clear the decks and file away all you have been doing so that you can take a fresh look at it all and make better decisions.
What will you do to really rest today? Let me know in the comments below.