Me: I am so tired. I feel like I should go back to bed. Not sure what I should do.
My husband: Go back to bed.
This is a text between my husband and me yesterday morning. I had slept OK, was not sick AND had a full day ahead of me, yet I didn’t feel like moving a muscle. I was cooked. Done. Depleted from too much activity over the weekend. So motivated by my permission slip, I headed back to my cozy bed for a morning nap. And by noon I was feeling much more energized.
As I travel around the globe speaking to men/women about how to come into balance through the art/science of self-care, I hear over and over again: things feel like they’re moving too fast. I’m exhausted, and I want off the treadmill.
As a work-life effectiveness author/speaker, I believe one of the essential strategies for mitigating speeded-up living is to REST. Rest restores our energy levels, helps us integrate and re-calibrate, boosts productivity and problem-solving, and helps us create sustainability in a world that never slows down.
When we keep pushing (like I did this past weekend), as some point our bodies rebel and say, “Enough!” My dear friend, the wise Dr. Claudia Welch shares, “If we feel tired, we think something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. We are just tired. We need rest. Sometimes a lot of it, if we’ve gone for years vetoing our body’s signals.”
Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation. Audrey Lorde.
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