When it comes to dealing with stress, less is more. The seduction of busyness is a trap! Being constantly busy can act as a roadblock to controlling our stress and recognizing emotions. When your mind or body is in constant motion, we can’t focus on calming ourselves.
Carving out time to “do nothing” sets you up to be more focused and efficient when you get back to your tasks. It also allows us time to reflect on our situation and calm our mind with positive thoughts. When you push yourself too hard for too long, or are under constant pressure, you may be forced to take a break due to burnout, sickness, migraines, etc.
Imagine planning mental breaks instead of breaking down. Imagine doing nothing --sitting outside to enjoy the weather, feeling the breeze in your hair, staring off into the horizon, reading, listening to music, or taking a nap. Now imagine doing nothing without feeling as thought you need to jump up to do something or have a racing mind!
On Day 5 we considered Making Room for Our Feelings. Allowing yourself to be still gives you time to recognize the feelings so you can deal with them appropriately.
Are you able to be still and rest without feeling guilty? Or is that a new, possibly scary idea for you?
If you are unable to be still and rest without feeling guilty, is it possible that your sense of value is tied to your productivity?
When you think about resting do you feel lazy? Is this a message you heard in the past and is deep rooted?
Start with a few minutes each day of purposeful rest – mental and physical. Your body and mind will be calmer and more focused.
In continued wellness, Andrea
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