It’s okay to take a break

Sometimes we as people don’t know when to give our bodies a break. We make commitment after commitment until we are fully stretch and left with nothing. At the end of the day what truly matters is our well-being and knowing when to take a break is important. I struggle with this and I know a lot of people who do. The thought of taking a break just means we add more things for us to do the next day. The daily to do list is filled with obligations that you’ll need a week to complete but that person inside of you says you can do it in one day. I do this sometimes. This past weekend I wore myself out. As some would say biting off more than you can handle. I am one of those people that don’t like to break their commitments, but I felt the aftermath of it all.

Saturday my son had a morning basketball game and one of my good friends was having a baby shower. When I committed to going to the baby shower, I took into consideration that my husband was scheduled off from work. He decided to work that day and this momma thought should could be super woman and do it all, but I really wore myself out Saturday. I also committed to go to work that night to help with a dinner and though I was working a half shift I was running on two hours of sleep. After I left the baby shower I went home and took a nap before work. When I got home from work that night I didn’t wake up until after 12 pm On Sunday. I officially wore myself out. I had an alarm set to get up in the morning for a workout but some of my friends told me it was going to be too cold to workout outside, so I enjoyed sleeping in and being lazy. My husband had the children under control and told me that I needed to get my rest and that’s what I did.

Resting is important for your body and thought sometimes we feel like super hero’s we must listen to our bodies. I believe it’s important to keep your commitments but on the other hand sometimes our bodies suffer when we put too much on ourselves. I thought I could do it all, but I couldn’t. If I hadn’t worked the night before then I would have been okay but since I worked the night before I was fighting with myself to stay awake. While you’re working on your goals, I want you to understand that you don’t have to wear yourself out. Take a break when you need to. Get your rest. Say no to things if you need to. You only get one body so it’s important to take care of it. That involves eating the right foods for nutrients. Getting rest and drinking water. Though I work out and eat healthy all of it doesn’t matter if I don’t get adequate amount of sleep.

Getting adequate amounts of sleep is beneficial to your whole body. It helps with mental focus and alertness. It improves your productivity because it gives you energy. Studies shown that people who don’t get adequate amounts of sleep are more prone to depression, insomnia, weight gain, diabetes, poor immune system, and the list goes on. I take care of my body because I want to live a long healthy life. I don’t want to have to depend on someone taking care of me because I decided to not treat my body right. I must remind myself that sleeping more is part of that. I get so busy and take on so many things that I forget I do have to sleep.

If you’re like me and you like to take on more than your plate can handle, I want you to remember to get rest. All Sunday I felt sluggish because I decide I wanted to be a super woman. So, remember today to start each day with a well-rested body. You can’t be productive and sleepy at the same time. If you listen to your body and take care of it, I promise you will still accomplish everything on your to do list.

"There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ― Alan Cohen

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