I often hear folks complain, “I have so much to do, and not enough time or energy to get it all done. I feel like I’m falling behind.”
They’ve put too much on their plate, without taking much-needed breaks between activities, to allow time to catch up.
As a society, we expend energy working long hours, connecting on social media, and constantly keeping ourselves busy.
But, we don’t take time to let the mind and body rest and recuperate.
How long can we keep up this type of busy behavior pattern before falling apart?
I always remind clients that no matter how hard they are working at whatever they are doing (office-work, staying at home with kids, or starting their own business), they have to remember to take breaks, set boundaries, and leave space for relaxation and rest.
Consistent days filled with chronic stress, without adequate rest and relaxation, is a recipe for illness.
Over time, busy behavior leads to a breakdown in physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, more often than not, it takes a physical disease for someone to finally stop all of that busyness.
How many times have you met someone diagnosed with a serious illness who says, “This disease has slowed me down. I can’t do any of the things I used to be able to do.”
I’ve heard that story too often. People don’t stop until they are forced too.
Whether it’s cancer, a lingering cold that won’t resolve, digestive distress, emotional breakdown, wasting disease, adrenal fatigue or thyroid disease, a slow-down-to-rest is bound to happen at some point.
For the sake of your health and life, STOP and rest before an illness forces you too.
Enough is Enough! Just Say “NO!”
Set boundaries around your personal time.
If you give all of your time away to other people and take on far too many commitments and obligations, you are going to get lost in the shuffle.
Newsflash! People will NOT think badly of you if you say no.
Trust me… they will just ask someone else.
Take a Lunch Break
As you go through your day STOP to take time for lunch.
That means, put your work aside (whether you are home or at the office), and eat lunch.
If you are a homemaker, tell the kids to take a hike, while you SIT your butt down to relax and enjoy a nourishing healthy lunch.
If you don’t STOP in the middle of the day to relax and rejuvenate, you may not have the energy to make it through the second half of your day.
Eventually, you will NOT have the energy to make it through the second half of your life!
Sit down, relax, and enjoy your lunch.
Go To the Park
Clear your schedule, grab a picnic blanket, a deck of cards, a good book, a sandwich, some fruit, and a container of water, and head to the nearest park.
Spend the day doing nothing except maybe reading, playing a game of solitaire (or Gin Rummy if you have someone with you), and just chill out.
When was the last time you relaxed in one of the local parks surrounded by trees, grass, butterflies, flowers, friends, and nature?
If you can’t remember, then it’s been way too long!
Trust me, STOP and rest.
It’ll help you recoup the energy needed to complete ALL of your tasks.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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