I am so excited about all the stuff I am up to right now. Growing my business, creating new programs, getting ready to fight in June, teaching self-empowerment classes, re-designing my website AND creating my new subscription workout channel. Wowsers! It is a lot of stuff! I am on the go most of the time, working one angle or another, building at least one of the pieces of what I am working on in my “down” time. All of it is exciting and inspiring and so I sort of forgot that I needed to rest.
Evidently my body has an automatic overload button, and last week she shut down.
Actually she didn’t shut down entirely, there was lots of phlegm production, coughing, hot/cold flashes and sneezing, but on the level of being able to run from one thing to the next, workout, and get my sh** done, my body shut down.
She in no uncertain words (because words aren’t needed when you are blowing your nose and sneezing every 3 seconds) said “Whoa girlfriend, time to slow down”. And I listened. Really only because I HAD to. When you show up to an appointment and your student says “ugh, you should be in bed”. Guess what? YOU SHOULD BE IN BED!
Truly if I would have been paying attention in weeks previous I would have heard her gently telling me to take time to rest. I was waking up tired, feeling tired in the middle of the day, AND going to bed tired. Even knowing my head was about 2 hours late hitting the pillow in the world of, ‘I am getting enough sleep to function’.
So I spent a few miserable days in bed, grumpy but also grateful for that shut down valve because it wasn’t until I spent a full day in bed watching episodes of ‘Drop Dead Diva’ and enjoying myself, that I realized how incredibly needed a little down time was for me.
And of course after a 2 day hiatus and clearer nasal and throat passages, with less stuffy brain feeling, unexpected fever spikes, and uncontrollable shivers I was back at it. After all I had gotten so behind with my time in bed and my netflix marathon.
But I am feeling a little more like listening after that episode and so yesterday when I felt it all escalate, I made a call and scheduled an appointment for a massage.
Today I listened to my body and rested. I saw Susan Prince at Lake Pointe Wellness Center for a massage. Oh, it felt good to get the rub down, so good I conked out and even drooled a little. I woke up groggy and relaxed and now here I am getting all inspired and productive.
Your rest and recovery is what actually allows beautiful new visions and creativity to flow through you, so think of your rest as buying some new inspiration. After all, look at me getting all bloggy with you.
Listen to me, because my guess is ( like me) you might not be listening to your body. You can’t burn the candle at both ends for long, and you NEED to let yourself rest.
So from my grateful body, to your tired eyes…let yourself rest already.
Need a little help and live in Minnesota? Go see Susan and get taken to heaven for an hour only to return refreshed and re-energized.
When I want to unload so that I am able to download new inspirations, I get massage.
What do you do to unload your overworked self? Leave a comment below and share your secret to resting and relaxing.<