We understand it is essential to rest our muscles and our bodies to avoid over working them and to help them grow or stay healthy.
So, how come when we are overwhelmed with anxiety or submerged in our depression we try to power through? I can’t speak for everyone, but I know in my own case, for a long time, I severely underestimated the power of resting my mind.
It is in my personal nature to give 100% to the people I care about and as an educator I am consistently doing a million and one things throughout the day.
I am constantly moving from one thing to the next, giving everything I have to other people. Now, I am not complaining because I love my job, the impact I have on my students, and the random chaos that occurs throughout each day.
But, if I am not careful I will forget to refuel and burn out. Before the burn out happens I am in my head thinking of the next thing I need to complete and cross off of my ever growing “to-do” list.
I decide to power through and get things done just for the sake of getting them done, because not having them done weighs on me like heavy bricks.
I become irritable, emotional, and cry at the drop of a hat. My depression is heightened and I become even more anxious.
It wasn’t until this past year that I realized the importance of giving my mind a break. I started taking time for myself and didn’t feel guilty about it. It wasn’t the end of the world if I didn’t get something done, or chose to take care of myself instead.
I found that some of my anxiety was in the fear of not having enough time to get things done. Reality check—there is never enough time, but through mindfulness and giving my mind the breaks it needs I am able to trust that I will get done what needs to get done for that day and allow it to be enough.
I learned that when I take the time to be mindful I in turn become calmer and think more clearly. I feel less stressed and work productively. I am happier and more fun to be around.
You see, there will always be something waiting to be checked off of your to-do list.
You are your most important priority. Your mind is just as important, if not more, than your physical body. It’s time to start treating it that way!
*Comment below with ways that you give your mind a break, I would love to hear from you!