As someone known to run at a pretty high-octane, I admittedly have a hard time slowing down and choosing to relax.
In such a busy season of transition and change, making time to hit the brakes and coast doesn’t feel natural or comfortable, but it’s vital in order to maintain and sustain energy and health.
In a recent Leading Insights™ post, I shared more the science of Energy Management and how it helps us balance rest and renewal with dynamic activity (check out the series here!)
Now let’s take this a level deeper.
Imagine what it would be like to give yourself permission to PAUSE. To rest. To simply be where you are without the need for more (or less).
Now you may be thinking, “Yeah that sounds great, Leslie, but I have a 60 hpw job, kids who need help with homework and rides to soccer practice, meals to cook, a house to clean, laundry to do…”
The average busy adult can’t even begin to fathom when and how to hit pause. It just isn’t realistic.
Or is this just what we’ve convinced ourselves to believe to reinforce the cycle of busyness in our lives?
The Currency of Busyness
“When busyness is the measure of time, no matter how much time exists it is never enough.” ~Diana Hunt
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This is a guiding principle of my philosophy of Wholehearted Leadership™ and helps us refocus on the bigger picture, rather than getting stuck in the energy of doing, completing, achieving, striving, and proving.
In a recent Experience Life article on “The Upside of Downtime,” scientists found that chronic busyness actually exhausts our nervous system and kills our ability to be productive and creative. Whereas author, Heather Rogers, shared that “Idleness stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing a host of healthful outcomes.”
Even the most demanding jobs give you mandatory vacation time, but how many of us take it regularly? From my experience working at two major universities for the better part of a decade before launching Lead With Intention™, choosing to take vacation time isn’t encouraged or supported because of pressing deadlines and workplace demands – many of which we put on ourselves or gladly accept to make it up the career ladder, only to become even busier. The same is true of many corporate, government, and educational roles.
And for my fellow entrepreneurs and Domestic Engineers (i.e. Stay at Home Parents), creating some type of vacation time and sick leave doesn’t generally rank highly compared to other pressing tasks and obligations as we run our businesses and care for our families. Hitting pause is something we have to design into our lifestyles so we don’t burn out or start resenting the work and people we love.
Listen to Your Life
No matter what career you have or roles you’re playing, consider the words of well-known life coach, Martha Beck:
“When you know it’s time for action, act. When you feel it’s time to rest, rest. Not resting is as harmful as not acting.” ~Martha Beck
You know when you need to make things happen.
You also know when you need rest.
Listen to both.
Give yourself permission to pause and notice the difference.
You’re welcome. (You can thank me later…pause and rest first please)
Create a great day,