Do you give yourself permission to rest once you’ve finished something? Or do you move straight on to the next thing?
I totally feel expectations, whether real or in my own head, about what’s next, what I ‘should’ be doing, rather than listening to my body and giving it some time to rest and integrate.
I’ve definitely been feeling it this past week after completing my first book, and was getting annoyed with myself and questioning why I’ve been feeling so tired. It took a friend to remind me that I have just finished writing a deeply healing book and will need to take some time for it to all settle and for extra rest and nourishment. Also probably more time than I think.
Our society doesn’t often allow for rest in between things and as a result I find it’s easy to feel guilty for resting or not ‘doing’ constantly. I know I am not alone in this either, as clients have been sharing the same feelings. But actually, by moving from one thing straight on to the next we miss the beauty and magic of that space in between; the integration part, the lessons and the growth; we also likely will burn ourselves out.
So, I have a couple of questions for you:
Where can you give yourself some more time?
Do you have something big coming up where you can schedule in some time after to rest?
Wishing you a restful week, if you need it.
P.S. You can pre-order my book EMBODIED: A self-care guide for sensitive souls (due out in June/July 2019), and receive my self-care workbook for free right now.
You can buy the book here: https://www.tarajackson.co.uk/embodied/.