Did you rest?

Whether you’re in the US and just had a holiday weekend, or you’re in any other country in the world, did you rest over the last weekend? When was the last time you rested – really rested in a way that felt restorative?

If the concept of rest is in the same category of large social gatherings (i.e.: you can’t remember the last time it happened), consider this your invitation to find some space for rest.

But I’m home all the time, I shouldn’t be tired.
But there’s so much to do at work.
But I need to make sure I’m finding new clients.
But what will they think of me if I take a day off? 

The list above could go on for a long time. Those 4 are the most common reasons I hear when folks aren’t taking the rest they need; and if I’m being really honest, many of them are reasons I’ve used to not make space for rest…until our bodies don’t give us the option anymore.

Let’s look more closely at those reasons:

But I’m home all the time, I shouldn’t be tired.
OK, not to go all internet meme, but you’re not “just” working at home. You’re home during a global pandemic trying to work…and for many folks also trying to teach kids, prepare 3 meals a day for a family, keep people occupied, etc., etc., etc. Also, video chat fatigue is a real thing. There’s not a single human I’ve spoken to in the last 3 months who isn’t tired.

But there’s so much to do at work. 
If you’re familiar with the concept of diminishing returns, apply that here. Essentially, we all hit the point where pushing through diminishes the quality of our results. Sometimes walking away and resting is the faster solution.

But I need to make sure I’m finding new clients.
I. Hear. You. But how do you want to show up for those clients? Do you want to be well-rested or depleted? I’m guessing it’s not the latter, so join me in taking a breath and honoring your values with those future clients, and giving yourself a bit of rest.

But what will they think of me if I take a day off? 
This is a biggie. Many teams aren’t taking time off because of one of the above 3 reasons; so it creates a culture of burnout and fear that you’ll be labeled as lazy or not a team player if you do take time off. What if; however, the opposite could be true? Especially if you’re a leader. What if you taking a day off sets the tone and makes that acceptable? What if everyone’s work and mindset was positively impacted by you taking time off and giving them permission to do the same?

Whatever your reasons are for not resting, consider this your invitation to challenge them; to make some time for rest and to notice the positive results when you do.

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