31 Oct Give it a Rest!
This week, I’m here to share with you my thoughts on giving your body rest. On Sunday, I completed the Marine Corps Marathon for the second time and set a new PR (personal record) by over 18 minutes. Needless to say, my body is ready for rest.
You don’t have to have just run a marathon to give your body rest. Throughout 40 days, you are likely practicing more often than usual, which can take a toll on your body. While you may be experiencing many of the benefits of increased exercise, meditation and healthier eating, you may also be pushing new physical boundaries with your body.
In Journey to the Heart, Melody Beattie notes, “Taking time to honor the needs of your body is taking time to respect the needs of your soul.”
I have a confession: I am terrible at resting. I love testing my boundaries. For me, it takes running a marathon (literally or figuratively) to acknowledge that my mind, body and soul crave rest. Also, in order to have the strength and energy to push through and create new boundaries, it takes rest. Sometimes I have to go as far as scheduling rest to make sure that I take it.
So, as you’re continuing to break through barriers in your 40 Days program, I would encourage you to make sure you’re also paying attention to the rest that your body needs to keep you successful. If you need to schedule it in order to make it happen, do it.
Here are some of my favorite ways to relax:
Get a massage: Treat your body to relaxation and full on bliss.
Lounge with a book or magazine you’ve wanted to read: I like to grab a coffee, a book and plop down in front of the DMY fireplace when I need a break.
Connect with people around you: Find (or make) the time to have to grab coffee and catch up with friends and family.
Meditate: I took Yoga Nidra for the first time this week and left feeling rejuvenated!
Acknowledge your successes: Part of what keeps us moving forward is acknowledging what we’ve done.
When I take rest and start to get into my head about what I’m not doing, I remind myself to “give it a rest!” and actually rest! I invite you to drop what (you think) you know and do that same. How will you incorporate some rest into your life this week?