Unlike your lawnmower (or any other machine), you are a human being and it is vitally important for your health and wellbeing that you rest.
As I have posted before, our culture takes great pride in being busy and tired. We wear them like a badges of honor. The dilemma is that as human beings we are built to rest. It is a requirement.
Your lawnmower will run until it runs out of fuel or breaks down and needs maintenance. In addition to needing fuel and maintenance, humans need a recovery period too. Frequently we don’t give ourselves that opportunity. By not creating recovery time, our physical, emotional, and intellectual health is negatively impacted.
Rest is also different from vacation or recreation. Ever have to recover from taking a vacation? Don’t confuse having a fun-filled vacation with rest!
Resting has to be something idle. A time and space where our brains and emotions can wind down and cool off. Turns out we need this idle time on a frequent basis. Don’t confuse screen time with being idle, either!
So what is your relationship with rest? Are you mortal enemies? Long lost and abandoned friends? Complete strangers? Change your relationship with rest. It might take some practice, but pay attention to how your body reacts to having some time to recover. – www.rhoadscoaching.thinkific.com
Looking for the first step in reducing stress and anxiety? Take a deep breath… all the way in and all the way out (and then repeat!). You are hard-wired with a system that allows you to ramp up or slow down. It is just a matter of remembering to take some intentional breaths.
We all have inherent strengths and talents. It is valuable to understand what they are and how they work because they are almost completely unique to us and they are needed by the world we live in. What are your strengths?
Bioaccumulation is the concentration of contaminates upward through the higher levels of a system. Where are you concentrating beliefs and emotional energy that might have a greater negative effect if passed forward?
Here is an interesting perspective: Do you approach your daily activities from a sense of balancing or juggling?
First, what is the difference between balancing and juggling? Sometimes I wonder if we confuse them.
Balancing is trying to find the distribution of weight between objects to allow them to remain static in position. In order to balance something, we focus our attention on a fixed point and attempt to find the place where things stop moving.
Juggling is different in that all of the objects are in motion and our attention is focused on the points that are farthest from our hands. If you look at your hands while you juggle, everything falls to the floor.
If you apply the mindset behind these two perspectives, there are appropriate times to balance and appropriate times to juggle. What if you are using the wrong tools in the wrong places? What if your ability to use each needs to be developed to a higher skill level?
Where do you use these skills in your daily life? Do you rely on one more than the other? Where could shifting to the other perspective help in making the day go better? – www.rhoadscoaching.thinkific.com
Play is an important part of being human (regardless of your age). Taking time to get lost in something you enjoy is critical to finding meaning and purpose in our lives. Do you know what play is for you? It is worth exploring and creating!