Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Allowing Yourself To Take A Break When You Need One

by Sarah Davis
Yesterday, I did something crazy. I did not do one thing all day long. Well, okay, I did a few things, but for the most part, I napped and I lounged on the couch watching television.  Even though I felt a little guilty about not doing anything, I woke up today feeling completely rejuvenated. It got me thinking about the importance of taking breaks when we really need them.

We all have moments where we get overwhelmed with our everyday life or simply tired out.  Sometimes it’s mental exhaustion and sometimes it's physical exhaustion, but basically, something happens in our life and we feel the need to spend a day or two in bed because we can’t face the world. We just need a break. In some cases, it’s being 7 months pregnant. ;) At the end of the day, we all need to learn how give in to exhaustion because the only way to get rid of it is to rest, there is no magic dose of caffeine.

The problem is: how many of us think we are allowed to do this? Why do we feel so guilty about this or jump to the conclusion that we have a severe problem like depression? Guess what? Happy people, peaceful people, and even spiritual leaders have days of feeling bummed out, too and they not only need rest when they are seriously exhausted, but they get rest.  

What if you allowed yourself to take a day off and recover when life throws you a big old lemon.  What if you didn’t allow yourself to think: Shouldn’t I be stronger? Shouldn’t I be working on something instead of doing nothing? Shouldn’t I be working out or cleaning something?

Homework: if you feel like you need to sulk around for an entire day eating chips and crying, do it.   Or, if you want to lay on the couch, napping on-and-off, because your body is saying "do it", try it out. If you want to take a day off to just go see a movie alone or spend the day doing something you absolutely love but never get to do, do it.

Why shouldn't you feel guilty about this?
Resting allows your mind and body to refuel. Taking your mind off of things that are making you miserable and giving your body a chance to take a break from activities that are exhausting it allows you to refuel and prepare to take on the world with a much better approach. A rested, clear, calm approach.

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