more than what you do

You are more than what you do

We are a society that values hard work. Early bird gets the worm. Nose to the grindstone. It is everywhere we look. Indeed, feeling like we are not working enough can leave us with anxiety, stress, depression and job burnout. Even still, many view resting as a sign of laziness. Our brains know better. Right around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, ours brains say, “What a sham! I’m outta here!” You might find yourself dozing off or reaching for your afternoon dose of caffeine. Or worse, worn down so much that you want to spend the whole weekend in bed. Sound familiar? Indeed, many people believe their worth or value is contingent on how hard working they are. And yet the research shows, we are actually more productive, more satisfied, and healthier when we incorporate rest into our daily lives. So let’s address some of the myths:
  • My value comes from what I do. People – all people – have inherent value. It is not something to prove, but to celebrate. We are human beings. No human doings. When was the last time you let yourself just be?
  • Rest is a waste of time. Resting has scientifically proven value. It balances us out, makes us even more productive, allows our brains to replenish, be more attentive, tap into motivation, think more creatively and allows us to enjoy the sweetness of our lives. Don’t believe us? Check out this article.
  • I have to get this all done. There will always be work to do. The to-do list will never be complete. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we stop fighting it and actually seek balance.
If you can’t remember the last time you rested, or were stressed while you were forcing yourself to rest because there is too much to do, welcome! It’s a journey worth embarking on. Try this! Not sure you can buy this whole rest idea? Thinking you could never fit it in? Try an experiment. Carve out 5-15 min a day to stop, close your eyes and breath. See what happens. If you’re anxious, that’s information. If you’re loving it, that’s information.
Rebecca Kiel, LCPC

Rebecca Kiel, LCPC

I support my clients in reaching their goals and continuing their lives with greater joy, wellness, and a sense of purpose.
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