Ever heard someone tell you to listen to your body? Yup, I have heard that all the time. Yet, how often do we really listen to it?! Not much, I bet. Guess what? It knows what’s it’s talking about.
I used to be one of those people that didn’t listen to it often and sometimes it kicks me in the boo-tay! Let me give you an example…
From time to time, my lymph nodes under my chin swell. Almost the size of grapes. It hurts, it’s sensitive to the touch and when this happens, I feel exhausted. When this happens, I usually just keep pushing through. Let me tell you, this is not the right way to go. Once I figured out what was happening, I decided to listen to my body. It was the best thing too because it ended up being an infection. This was a wake up call because it was my body’s way of telling me to slow down.
Sometimes life is crazy busy. We work a full time job, some of us have side hustles, we have a house to run, we have a family to take care of and we want to spend time with our friends and family. But time is thin.
If you’re like most people, you’re pushing the pedal to the metal and going 120 in a 65 mile per hour zone. We tend to push it a little too hard. It’s a thing called Pell Mel. Sometimes taking more than just one rest day is ok. Most of us want everything life has to offer, but make sure to take a second and see the bigger picture. Is it worth it to go Pell Mel just to make yourself stressed out and sick? I say no.
Take a day for YOU every now and then. It will help you relax, recover and be ready to support the people around you again with a fresh sense of stability. What does your next YOU day look like?