Cycles of Life, Wellness

Taking A Rest From Productivity

Happy Monday and Happy Black History Month!

I have been itching to write something for quite sometime but haven’t had the right words to even jot down as a draft – until I was sitting on my couch watching the SuperBowl just battling with myself about how I rested all weekend. Yes, literally juggled guilt about how I was not productive and decided to care for my mind and body. It taught me a few things in that moment – I have somehow equated success with how raggedy I felt at the end of the day, but I know that it isn’t healthy at all. But, how did I get here? Where did I adopt the idea that working hard until I had a headache or couldn’t think anymore was ok? Last time I checked, success wasn’t about how many hours of sleep I lost or how drained I looked arriving to work, but how one creates a daily routine to work smarter and not harder. How one takes care of themselves to enjoy the things they’ve worked so hard for.

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If anything, I can’t call myself successful if I put my mind and body through the gutter trying to get there. I literally beat myself up just to call something a success? I don’t think so. What helps me navigate this moment is that I know I am not alone. That in fact, most of us go through this and don’t even realize it. It can become an obsession. We’ve made a trend out of it by feeling like while the world sleep we should be up working long hours. Or only saying i’ll rest when I am not longer living. I never thought I subscribed to that mindset until I slowed myself down and actually listened to my body. I had a hard time coming up with ideas for my business and how to reach my population. I become uninterested in the things I use to enjoy because I was tired. I didn’t have the mental energy to let creativity flow or to think outside of the box. It was horrible and it has been that way for about 6 weeks now.

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I started slow. Started to reward myself by coming home, working out, eating well, and watching my favorite show or movie to end the night. I didn’t touch the canva app or my social media because I just didn’t have it in me to create. I needed to rest. I felt bad about it. I felt like I was gonna be left in a dust. I thought that all that i’ve created would be less valuable. But realizing that I need my mind and body far more than I need a like or a sell for a service or product.

What about you? Have you been here for before? Let me know in the comments below.

As always,

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1 thought on “Taking A Rest From Productivity”

  1. I definitely have! Often times after I finish a full day of work I find myself busy doing a million things, whether it be some additional business type stuff, budgeting, shopping or helping friends and family with some things for business or just overall administrative things. Although those things aren’t work they feel like work, in addition to the housework and cooking and things that we all do. I’ve recently just had to slow down and say to myself that I need to be still. For extended periods. It’s been nice


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