Last week I found myself utterly overwhelmed — mentally. My mind was just exhausted.
The thing is, I didn’t recognize it. A friend had to point it out to me – as I was sitting at the pool with my boys splashing away and I’m stressing over everything in my life while I try to cram 4 inches of binder material into my already overstuffed brain!
I kept forcing myself to study more, do more, take the next test for my certifications, write more…and I kept asking more and more mental effort from myself…until I just couldn’t do ANYTHING!
That’s what happens when you don’t take the REST breaks. It’s the same with the body. It’s the same with the spirit. We can’t expect ourselves to be on 100% of the time. We can’t demand that from ourselves. It’s just not smart.
I know that I watch for it in my children – as their teacher and mom, I’m vigilant at taking a break and letting them process things. We use a 3 day learning process from Rudolf Steiner and it’s powerful. So why haven’t I applied this to myself?
Well, honestly, I forgot. My awareness was obscured and the rest is….
So this week…let’s build in those rest periods. Let’s go 100% for 50 minutes and take a 10 minute break and repeat that 2 -3 times a day. That reminds me of the DEEP WORK book I read a few years back. Blocks of focused time.
This goes along with the 7 Day Mental Diet – if you haven’t done that yet – go get that now! It’s awesome and it’s free. It will change your world!