Can you believe you are in November already? Or maybe are you so exhausted that you can’t believe you still have a full month before December? If the latter feels more true, then this is your gentle reminder that rest is just as important as being on your A-game.
COVID has been and still is a perpetual nightmare. The hyper-vigilance that living in a pandemic requires is exhausting. While you wait for herd immunity (as more people get vaccinated), it’s safe to say, a break is desperately needed. So please give yourself one.
When you attach your self-worth to your productivity, taking a break can feel like being lazy and worthless. But self-love and compassion has your back. All you have to do is show yourself the same kindness and care you generously extend to loved-ones who seem overworked and under rested.
Like all things, life has its seasons. This season is definitely for rest. So take the time to whine down and figure out how you can remove a few things off your plate. Review that is important and what can honestly wait. Give yourself permission to take things off your to-do list and put them on ice.
By understanding that you can only give your best when you’re at your best, then the concept of giving yourself time to refuel and rest shouldn’t be too far-fetched.
Here are a few tips to whine down:
Say ‘no’ a lot between now and January.
Schedule breaks into your day like you would meetings.
Clean up your diet. Our body cannot re-energise when it’s not nourished.
Ask for help as much as possible.
Don’t start anything new.
If maintaining your mental health is not a big enough motivator for prioritizing rest, perhaps this is the best time to mention that sleep - a very important aspect of rest - is critical to our body’s peak performance and our hair’s health. The National Institute of Health has given evidence that links sleep with hair growth.
According to research, adult stem cells rely on our body’s internal clocks to perform the proliferation of hair cells. When we sleep, our cells are able to regenerate and thus grow.
By simply getting enough rest, we escape a plethora of ailments like stress, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings just to name a few. 2021 has been one crazy year, everything you’ve done to get this far has been enough. Whatever regrets you may have, you can attend to, in 2022. For now, it's time to rest. You’re worthy.