One of the things I think I, and a lot of others, struggled with this year is the urge to work and move and push. A lot of us started our own business ventures, pushed forward with spiritual openness and enlightenment, and searched for ourselves in the midst of the pandemic. For all intents and purposes, we have accomplished those things, even if we feel that we didn’t there was vast progress made in the direction of locating and getting comfortable with our higher selves.
We made it!
Now Let’s Take Some Time to Relax
I feel like we’ve done enough this year. Now is the time to enjoy whatever holiday we are able to have this year after so much activity, some of us (or perhaps all of us) need to force ourselves to take a break. That can be hard, especially if you’re used to and have been running at full speed all year through each task, through each failure and win, and through each lesson as they come, but it’s necessary to do so and difficult to admit.
What Should You Be Doing?
I can talk about all the meditations and mantras and crystals you can purchase to help you calm down, relax, and find your center during this. I may very well write about it, but for now the best thing to do is to listen to what your body is saying to you.
Our bodies have a way of telling us that we need rest, and when we ignore those signs, it will force us to rest no matter what we have going on. I say all this to say is forcing ourselves to sleep earlier, to eat better, to actually rest when we are in bed, to separate our sleep and work spaces, to actually serve ourselves for a few moments is the best thing to do, and to be honest it’s the best thing to do.
Resting Doesn’t Equate to Laziness
I have a hard time with this, I do days worth of work over the course of the week, and though I’m tired, the rest that I know I need to take gets pushed back until I have no choice but to pass out.
Taking a well deserved rest doesn’t immediately equate to being lazy, to having a shoddy work ethic, or to not being diligent and effective at your tasks. It means that you are wearing yourself out, perhaps on your way to burnout, and you need to rest. It is as simple and easy as that. Try to take some time away from your phones and electronic devices, pick up a book that has nothing to do with your work and is purely related to a fun and interesting topic.
In a society that pushes us to work hard, or grind, for our dreams and to achieve and obtain our goals, I’m of the mindset that having enough rest to enjoy those goals and the journey you are on to earn them is just as important as anything else that must be done.
Making rest and relaxing a priority is the best (and only) way to create a well-balanced life. It’s essential to maintaining mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being and optimal health in all areas.
Hopefully this holiday, you’ll allow yourself some mindful resting!