There is a word that has been popping into my head a lot this week: rest.
I’ve always enjoyed my sleep. As I have gotten older its tougher to sleep in, so I have to balance late nights with the knowledge that I will wake up around 7am regardless.
As a good friend mentioned to me this week, I have been going at it pretty hard lately. Working lots of hours, high stress situations, working out 6-7 days a week, fitting in some fun plans with friends. Between all of this, and feeling a little emotionally exhausted too, my body can definitely feel it. However, I really haven’t rested.
I went to yoga last night and was lucky enough to be the only person there. I love my yoga teacher and told her how I had been feeling. We did lots of stretching and core asanas. (Don’t get me wrong, my shoulders are screaming this morning because I am starting to prepare for head stands and hand stands.) Anyway, in the relaxation portions where I was focused on listening to my body I could feel a difference and just how tired it really was. I think my mind has convinced my body to push a lot lately and it’s finally pushed back.
I woke up this morning with a headache, sore throat, stuffy nose and heavy eyes. Rest is just as important as activity. The T25 schedule is staring me in the face, but I’ll have to see how I am feeling after work today.
I think my body may need a little break. Remember to rest. We all have a lot going on, and its easy for our minds to take over and not listen to our bodies. You can’t perform at work, for your families, or in the gym if you aren’t properly rested. Take some time for you. I’d love to hear the ways you balance rest with a crazy schedule.
How do you rest and relax?