We live in a world which celebrates being busy. This world does not celebrate taking time out to rest. In fact, if we rest, we are thought to be lazy. As not to confuse rest with being lazy, everyone needs a little time out to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. In other parts of the world we have siestas and even shorter work weeks……imagine that! Our Western culture however does not include any of these. Therefore continuing to encourage the idea of going until you can’t go any more. Have you ever heard the term, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”? This idea certainly does not promote a healthy or balanced lifestyle. It is because of this that many of us feel that we need to justify our down time. And for many of us, this means overeating so that we can sit a rest a little longer.
Can any of you relate to this so far????
So what can we do to help with this unproductive lifestyle habit? Firstly, allow yourself to be tired. Say it out loud and make it real! Remind yourself that when the body is tired what it really needs is rest, not extra food. Secondly, make a list of things that help you to feel calm. One thing that I like to do is sit outside with a tea and listen to the birds. Bringing calm into your day can also be as simple as taking 3 deep breaths and relaxing your shoulder. Whatever it may be right it down. Lastly, have a notepad and a pen close to the area that you would typically go to eat. Write down how you are feeling before you eat, while you are eating and after. Try this for a week and you will discover amazing things!
YOU are all amazing and deserve to feel this way. Remember to fill your body, mind and soul with things that help to replenish your energy without overeating! You can do it. You are worth it!!!