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Posted June 28, Reviewed by Gary Drevitch. This practice is definitely a case of teaching what you need to learn: I've been working through a big bucket of tasks lately with little chance to rest. I console myself with knowing that the bucket is emptying a lot faster than it's filling with new tasks.
Sometimes you can really feel what you need to do by feeling what's happening for you when you don't. Because when you don't rest, you wear out, wear down, and start running on empty. Then you're not much good for yourself or anyone else. But when you get some rest and get more rested, you have more energy, mental clarity, resilience for the hard things, patience, and wholehearted caring for others. I promised my wife this would be my all-time fastest JOT to write. Because I really need some rest! Tell the truth to yourself about how much time you actually — other than sleep — truly come to rest: not accomplishing anything, not planning anything, not going anywhere.
The time when you don't do anything at all, with a sense of relaxation and ease. No stress , no pressure, nothing weighing on you in the back of your mind. No sense of things left undone. Utterly at rest. Also acknowledge to yourself any unreasonable beliefs or fears about resting — for example, that if you rest you'll lose your edge, things will fall apart, you'll let people down, or others will judge you. Now imagine a kind, wise, fearless friend looking over your shoulder and knowing both how little time you rest and your "reasons" for not resting more.
What will your friend tell you? Similarly, listen to your innermost self about you and resting: What is that still quiet voice saying to you? Imagine the benefits for you and others if you listen to the support and wisdom of your dear friend and innermost being. Then commit to what makes sense to you, in terms of nudging your schedule in a more restful direction, refusing to add new tasks to your own bucket, taking more breaks, or simply helping your own mind be less busy with chatter, complaints about yourself and others, or inner struggles. For example:. And when you rest, sink into its pleasures and rewards.
Rick Hanson, Ph. Worry is driven by mood, not logic. Anxiety holds your deepest yearnings. And you can subdue it for good. Three experts turn everything you know about anxiety inside out. Rick Hanson Ph. Your Wise Brain. Key points At certain times each day, ease up, unwind, recharge, put your feet up, and take a load off.
When we get some rest, we have more energy, mental clarity, resilience for hard things, patience, and caring for others. Acknowledge to yourself any unreasonable beliefs or fears about resting. About the Author. Online: Personal Website , Facebook. Read Next. Back Psychology Today. Back Find a Therapist. Back Get Help. Personality Passive Aggression Personality Shyness.
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