Wow. It has been ONE WHOLE MONTH since I wrote a blog – that is awful!!!! To my readers out there I do apologise but I have actually been drowned in work. Like the titanic ship, I sunk. Ha bad joke. Anyway… a little background, I’m a first year PhD student and had my first year report deadline in July so all my time, energy, sweat, blood…and buckets of tears went into that. And now I’m done. And now I can blog again. HAPPY DAYS!
So…today’s topic is an interesting one because it relates to what I did for a month but at the same doesn’t. I mean I guess you could say I put my blogging on pause, yet there was still SOOOO much going on in my life from church, to social events, family, my MSc graduation and my PhD work. It was hectic. In life now, we may think we are pressing pause when we’re not at work or doing chores or if we are socialising with friends or family however to some extent your brain is still being engaged. Sometimes we just need to all bask in silence and stillness. Allowing everything in our body to just slooooooowwwww down a bit in a world that is always ticking and buzzing!
Let me ask you – when was the last time you woke up and did absolutely nothing? And I dunno…just gave yourself some attention, some TLC…some rest? It is so easy to pour out into the lives of others through work and relationships but sometimes we can empty ourselves so much, that we have nothing left to offer. Or at least not of high quality. Consider a blood vessel. Don’t worry…I’m going somewhere with this. In order for that vessel to deliver blood to other parts of the body, it must be supplied by blood of the correct volume and pressure from the heart. If this doesn’t happen or happens inadequately, the blood vessel will do its job poorly or not all. It starts to suffer. In life, we can be this vessel. We give out, what goes in.
So I encourage you today, know when to take a step back and Rest. Recuperate. Recharge. Only you can make the choice to do this but in the long run, it helps you not only physically but mentally too. You are totally worth it! (Not endorsing L’Oréal in any way here…).
As Mary Angelou nicely put it:-
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
Makes you think doesn’t it?!
In your life…try to know when to press pause. If you feel your energy dwindling or you’re not able to give your best anymore then there is no shame in taking a break, a step back and saying “I need rest”.