Mahatma Gandhi once said,
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
With summer commitments galore, these words could not ring more true for most people today. I am sure I am not the only one who feels more exhausted by my weekends than I am refreshed by them. And though I am grateful to be invited to share in occasions that cause for celebration, I am also overwhelmed with scheduled commitments, work, work social commitments, and more. This Monday morning came without any spring in my step; in fact, I fancied wanting to stay in bed for hours, which is unlike me. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling on these hot summer days.
How can one slow it down while keeping up with life and loved ones? How can one calm the inner storm? Though yoga and meditation help, it can sometimes be about the power of saying “no” and knowing when rest is appropriate. This morning I scheduled no clients and stayed in a bed for a bit. I told myself not to feel guilty and to revel in the moments of puttering around my house, listening to podcasts, and relaxing.
More importantly, I didn’t feel guilty about it. Sometimes life isn’t about going faster, making more money, seeing more clients. Sometimes, you just need to rest.
Where in your week will you schedule some rest? Find an hour, a half day, even a full day. This I challenge you to do!