How can I rest when I have so much on my to do list? If this is something you struggle with then this article will give you the insight into what resting can do for your mind, body and spirit. Giving ourselves time to rest is a reward from the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules. If you struggle to relax even when you give yourself time to be at leisure, then perhaps it is because you’ve training your adrenal system to always be alert. This could mean that your body is always in fight-or-flight mode, and you cannot feel comfortable just being at ease.
Our modern lives are filled with schedules and obligations to keep us busy. This type of busy culture teaches us to be alert all the time in our bodies and our minds which causes a disconnection to our spiritual side. The truth is that we are not meant to be doing something every minute of every day. We must take time to nourish our souls and connect deeply to our emotional needs. When we are not connected to ourselves on a spiritual level, we are living in the ego instead. This means we are not truly connected to serving our soul purpose and our divine connection to source is diminished.
You can drive yourself to do all that you want, but your progress will still be limited as if you’re running in circles. When the body is fully rested, your spirit will feel replenished to do more than you could do before. People who are committed to the spiritual path rests a lot in order to be grounded and secured. Only when your cup if filled, can you give from the overflowing source of its substance on to others.
Nourishing yourself can mean small things or big things, and it is different for everyone. My suggestion is to make a list of 10 things you will like to do in the next 3 months. Each week allow yourself to do one thing on your list until it becomes natural to do them routinely. You can also check in with yourself and eliminate things on your to do list by placing them into 3 categories. Group them into things I absolutely want to do, things I might want to do, and things that I absolutely do not want to do. Once you’ve place them into the 3 categories, you will have more clarity on what your priorities are.
List of things to consider doing for yourself:
· Sleeping in
· Walking/sitting in nature
· Let go of excess thinking/worrying
· Less commuting
· Listening to relaxing music
· Get pampered
· Let go of unnecessary work obligations
· Avoid drama and negative people
· Having gratitude
· Being in the present moment by simply breathing
· Lay on the beach