Maybe you are thinking right now, «why is she writing about the importance of rest when fall and the busiest season of the year is ahead”?
Because I believe that before we can handle the busy seasons in life we need to learn to stop and rest and do all the things out of a position of rest rather than a position of stress. When we are well rested, we can achieve more and contribute more.
In the book “Essentialism – the disciplined pursuit of less”, Greg Mc Keown writes,
“The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves. If we underinvest in ourselves, and by that, I mean our minds, our bodies, and our spirits; we damage the very tool we need to make our highest contribution. One of the most common ways people – especially ambitious, successful people – damage this asset is through a lack of sleep. If we let our type A instincts take over, we will (…) be swallowed up whole. We will burn out too early. We need to be as strategic with ourselves as we are with our careers and our businesses. We need to pace ourselves, nurture ourselves, and give ourselves fuel to explore, thrive, and perform.”
The importance of rest
I believe that if we learn how to sit still and rest, how to turn things off and think if we learn to say no we will set ourselves up for success because we will say yes to the right thing and put our full energy in it.
I remember a few years ago I was going into the fall season without a plan and I just ran through it head first and at the end I was exhausted, unhappy and not living in the moment but already thinking about the next moment.
I had to change the game and the way to go about it and so I started to strategically plan in times of rest, evenings where I had nothing going on, Saturdays by myself because I knew if I did that I could handle the busy season. By getting away for a day or two and rest, I could contribute to the highest level without running out.
Yesterday I wrote on my Instagram about being sentimental that summer is almost over because I know what is coming.
I deliberately chose to take some time off the last couple of weeks and rest, read, think, play and be. I believe that is going to set me up for the season ahead.
Pace yourself. You got this!
Today I really just want to encourage you not think you have to run and run and run. I want to encourage you to pace yourself so you can run when you need to. I want to encourage you to rest so you can tackle your week with energy. I want to encourage you to sleep so you can be fully awake to do what you are called to do.
Next week I am going to give us some practical tools on how to do this season, how to make it through but for today. Rest. Breathe. You got this!