We live in a world where being busy is glamorized. You rarely hear about resting because it means you’re not doing as much as your neighbor. The narrative created is in order to keep up with the person next to you, one must do anything, even if it means sacrificing the state of your health and mental well-being.
Wellness according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as the state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. What are you doing to maintain? Are you taking time daily to rest? If not, what’s keeping you from pursuing that goal?
Rest is important; it’s necessary for you to get replenished and your soul restored. I used to think that I couldn’t end my day if I didn’t complete everything on my task list. I always ended up feeling depleted but never fully understood why. It wasn’t until an unfortunate event forced me to slow down that I realized how much I was hurting myself. I was forced to examine my priorities and understand the importance of making sure the state of my mental health be in alignment with my personal goals.
As a therapist, I empower my clients to create healthy boundaries and actively engage in activities that promote self-care. In order to rescript those unhealthy narratives, you must identify the root of the problem. This starts with you and it starts with giving yourself the permission to examine those underlying issues and being committed to working on becoming someone you enjoy being around.
Ever heard of a wellness reset? It’s making a conscious decision to make rest a priority and engaging in activities that will allow you to be replenished and restored. During that time, you are intentional about who is around you, what’s feeding your soul and removing the things that are depleting it. I encourage everyone to do this at least once in their lifetime but it would be even more amazing to make it a more consistent routine.