Honor Your Body

Woman sleeping in bed

The older I get, the more I recognize the need to listen to my body…

We have all heard the conventional wisdom to watch what we consume, how much we consume, and how often we consume.

We know that we should exercise, hydrate, limit caffeine, and sleep.

But, are you listening to your body?

Are you honoring its call for rest?

Do you push through because you can and/or it is expected of you? [I’m not really talking about the dance studio in this instance, although it can apply there as well.]

I’m talking about going to bed at a reasonable hour or choosing an afternoon nap over endless scrolling on social media.

…taking a day of rest.

We, in the U.S., are in a society that largely glorifies busy.

I’d like to say that I’m learning to care more about productivity than busyness. The more that I learn from successful business folks and strategists, data-people, the more I recognize that we only have so many productive hours in any given day. If you push beyond that, it can actually stall productivity.

“Hustle” isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.

Literally running on empty isn’t all that we think it is. Stop all that stuff about sleeping when you’re dead.

Find a way to be OK with just being.

You may find that you actually advance when you work from a place of rest rather than rush.

My two cents? Have a laugh, get some hugs, and have some rest. Spend time with friends, go to church, enjoy a hobby.

Honor your body for all that it does for you. What you receive in return will be far better than you’d imagine.

Trust me on this. I couldn’t happily run a family, two organizations, have time to volunteer AND the occasional NETFLIX binge if I hadn’t figured this one out first. I’m prioritizing my time and I’m not busy anymore. I’m learning to spend my productive hours well.

It is worth it.

Sincerely,

Dance Nerd

Learn more:

https://medium.com/@andrewmerle/this-is-how-many-hours-you-should-really-be-working-ff1e8a6ad958

https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/in-an-8-hour-day-the-average-worker-is-productive-for-this-many-hours.html

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