Just this past weekend, my body forced me to rest by making me sick. Fluish.
So I slept. Hard. Like, nearly 14 hrs.
After I woke, I soaked in a hot lavender + eucalyptus bath & serenaded myself,
then I danced in my living room,
then I ate,
then I went back to sleep for another 8 hours.
I have always been ambitious with my time. Finding that equal balance between work, play & rest has been my ongoing challenge. Because I really do love to work & I really do love to play, I often neglect rest. When rest is neglected, emotions become intense, illness will manifest & energy becomes depleted.
For each of us, there are a million & one real and imagined demands on our time & energy and so allowing ourselves the necessary rest & relaxation is often difficult. The best ways to befriend ourselves is to make sure we listen to our body, emotions, & spirit, and give ourselves the rest we need to revitalize & recharge. It might take some courage & boundaries, but make the time each day to deeply R&R in your own unique way.
You are deserving of it.
Loving ourselves & others becomes better when we are replenished.
One more thing.
I was never a fan of the phrase -
"I'll sleep when I'm dead". It implies that in order to live life to the fullest we have to be awake and constantly in action. Drop the FOMO. Like water quenches our thirst, R&R is just as important. Know that most times the miracles occur when we are in rest.