Even professional athletes have to take breaks from their workouts to recover. I wouldn't put myself in the category of a professional athlete, but I can attest to the need for recovery. For the past four months, I've been trying to recover and it's the toughest thing I've done in a while.
That sounds lame when I read it out loud. But, it's true. I have adrenal fatigue and I'm learning that means I have to slow down and recover from my need to be busy.
I used to say these things on a fairly regular basis:
"I've got a million things to do."
"There just isn't enough time in the day!"
"I don't have time to do that."
Have you heard yourself saying similar things? Does saying those things make us seem more important or more valuable? You know the saying that if you want something done you should give it to a busy person. Is it because busy people can't say "no" or just that they have an addiction to being everything to everyone. I think I fell into that trap. In the past four months, I've been trying to make a shift away from saying those all-to-familiar phrases. The shift has been difficult, but liberating.
Here's what I'm not doing:
- blogging at a high frequency (or even a regular schedule).
- checking my email every five minutes (including while sitting at stoplights — c'mon, I think a lot of us do this!)
- training for a triathlon or running or visiting the gym.
- trying to increase my followers on Twitter or on my blog.
- actively pursuing any major accomplishments...like writing a book, or planning a trip to Europe.
- cleaning my house regularly.
- going to every event I'm invited to.
- pushing myself to put a lot of things on my to-do list.
- scheduling myself or my kids to a lot of activities.
This holiday season is the time that most over achievers go overboard. This year, I'm going to go underboard. This year I'm committing to slowing down, doing less and under achieving.
What are you not going to do this season?