One of my Top 10 Inspirational Quotes from IIN Live that I shared yesterday had to do with allowing yourself to rest. I know this – I talk to my clients about how important sleep, relaxation, and rest is to their overall health. However, I’m really not so good at allowing myself to rest. Are you?(picture source)
I’m a Type-A person, and I have a ton of ideas for my health coaching business. I truly love every single moment of every single day in my new job, but this makes it even harder for me to allow myself to rest. I’ve heard Kevin tell a few friends that I’m working more hours now than I was while consulting, and while it most definitely doesn’t feel that way, I take his point. It’s not uncommon for him to go to bed and for me to stay up for several hours finishing up my own work. Now, don’t get me wrong – I usually run or work out in the middle of the day, I take time to coach Girls on the Run, I do several other things that I never would have been able to do in my old job (and it’s awesome!!!). It is not lost on me that my life is amazing, which makes it feel even sillier to admit to myself that I still need to rest. Yet … I’m still working from 6:30am to 11:30pm on weekdays, and I didn’t take a single day of rest between leaving my old job and starting my new one. This isn’t the healthiest approach, but I have a hard time telling myself “you’re doing enough, you can shut down now.” (picture source)
In reality, everyone needs a break … even those of us who thrive on being busy and love what we do! Lindsay wrote a great post on why we all need rest, and Mark’s Daily Apple did a great (but scary!) post on how stress impacts the body. And yes, you can be stressed even if you love every second – most of the time, us Type-A “crazies” put more stress on ourselves than the outside world does! Letting yourself rest and reset can often be the key to being more productive when you bounce back. (picture source … LOVE this one!)
And so … I’m giving myself the gift of rest. For a really long time, I’ve been wanting to challenge myself to take a vacation on my own. My introverted side is so excited to be able to relax, reflect, and honor my body by doing whatever I feel like for a few days. For some reason, it is far easier for me to relax in Colorado than anywhere else in the world, so I knew that’s where I wanted to go for my solo trip, and I’m finishing up my drive there today. I’ll spend Tuesday and Wednesday by myself in Keystone, exploring the beautiful outdoors … I plan to mostly stay away from blogging and social media, so please excuse my absence in advance! After that, I’ll be back to work and seeing clients remotely, but I’ll be doing it from Colorado for a few more days while at my parents’ ranch house. I’ll get to spend time with my parents and see all 5 of my nieces and nephew – a huge bonus! To say I am excited, grateful, and appreciative would be a huge understatement!(picture source)
Of course, my point is not just to share my own plans, but to convince you that, even if you’re a Type-A person like me, you need and deserve a break every once in a while. Even if you love every moment of your job, your life, and whatever challenges you’re currently dealing with, you still need to let yourself relax. If vacation isn’t an option for you, it could mean letting yourself stop work an hour early and read a book, letting yourself sit on the couch for a few hours with a movie, “getting away” by going for an hour walk, taking a bubble bath, or calling in “sick” to work and taking a mental health day. Whatever it means to you, I hope you give yourself the gift of a break. Your health, happiness, and sanity depend on it. Quite simply … you deserve it!
So tell me in the comments … Is it hard for you to allow yourself to relax? When is the last time you gave yourself a break?