Have you ever heard or read something that felt like it was meant just for you? One of those synchronous instances where the timing was so perfect that the message resonated and spoke to you in a way that it never would’ve otherwise. It reminded you that you’re exactly where you belong and everything is how it’s supposed to be.
I had one of those moments recently when I received the “teabag wisdom” (pictured above) while recuperating from a bad cold. Just about 24 hours before reading this quote, I’d spent a day doing absolutely nothing except for trying to recover. It was a full day of resting, hot drinks, and reading in bed. I had zero energy to do anything else so it wasn’t much of a choice, but I couldn’t help feeling guilty for not being more “productive”. Even though all I wanted to do was lay in bed, the list of things I’d fall behind on kept flashing through my mind. It wasn’t until the sun set that evening that I finally gave in and let go of doing anything other than recovering.
Why did it take me all day to accept that resting was all I needed to do?
I was so concerned about being productive, but taking care of myself was the most productive choice I could make on that day. And it paid off. I woke up the next morning feeling good enough to celebrate my anniversary and go see The Lion King broadway show with my husband. I was dressed super warmly and carried half a box of tissues in my purse, but felt so much better than the previous day when I could barely keep my eyes open. It was when we got home that night, while making myself a cup of echinacea tea, that I came across the quote in the picture up top. And it felt so in-sync with the experience I’d just had.
Resisting taking that sick day didn’t accomplish much other than stressing me out. Slowing down and resting, on the other hand, gave me the energy I needed for the next day. And it was so much easier to catch up on those things I was worried about falling behind on than forcing myself to do them while feeling awful.
Do you ever struggle to take a break when you need it?
Self-care has been part of my daily routine for years now, but I still have a hard time prioritizing it and making time for extra when it’s needed. Life is busy and full of hectic days so sometimes the idea of self-care can seem selfish and even unnecessary. This couldn’t be further from the truth though.
When we prioritize taking care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to take care of everyone and everything else around us.
You’re an amazing and persevering hard-worker! You’re also a human. It’s ok to slow down sometimes and even take an entire day off when you need it. Making time for yourself might seem counterproductive, but what you’re really doing is filling up your gas tank. How productive can you be if you’re running on empty?
This was the reminder that I needed last week and I hope you find it helpful too 🙂
Peace and blessings,
P.S. – Stay tuned for next week’s post because I’ll be continuing this conversation by sharing some simple and budget friendly ideas for self-care!
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