Rest is vital on endless ‘to do list’
WE ARE all guilty of packing our days with as many activities as possible, running around to get as much done before sunset.
But have you stepped back recently and really focused on how your body has been feeling? Are you tired? Has it been asking you to slow down?
from the Coast Wellness Centre in Beacon Bay explained the cost of not listening to your body and slowing down.
“What is your typical response when your body tells you to slow down?
“The norm these days is to just push through the fatigue.
“Just have an extra cup of coffee, eat something sugary for a temporary boost, or drink a high-voltage energy drink, instead of just slowing down or resting.
“After all, getting things done is more important . . . at least that is what the majority of people think.
“If you are like most people, you will probably continue at your current pace instead of
Dr Choné Cannon
listening to your body.
“You might think taking a break will be disastrous because you can’t even get things done at your normal full-paced speed.”
One question to ask yourself, Cannon said is: “What would happen to everything on your to-do list if you ended up in the hospital?”
This is not a far-fetched question.
“If you push your body for long enough without rest, the chance that you will become ill is significantly raised.
“Would it really matter if you are unable to get to every single task on your list?
“Would that committee fall apart? Would someone else pick up the groceries, or make dinner?
“Viewing all your commitments or tasks from this perspective will help you establish just how critical your personal involvement is in the successful completion of it all.
“Many of us do not know how to delegate or we simply don’t want to. We just contin- ue saying yes to way too much.
“The world will not end if you take a break, or take a small vacation, or end up sick.
“You might be in a bit of a pickle trying to figure out solutions to your absenteeism. But I bet that many of the things you ‘have to do’ could be done just as well or even better by someone else.
“By spending your life rushing from one thing to another, you often do not have enough time to focus on yourself.
“We really shouldn’t be concerned about what we’ll miss out on by slowing down.
“Rather, we should worry about what we might miss out on by continually pushing ourselves.
“You need to stop for long enough for your body, heart or mind to tell you what they are longing to communicate.”
It’s usually far more important than any random item on the eternal to-do list, Cannon said.
DR CHONÉ CANNON