Are you taking care of yourself?
Embrace rest, find balance, and harness the power of intentional living for vibrant health and holistic well-being.
Why you need rest
As women, we’ve long been told that to be busy is to be successful—and so, being busy wears like a badge of honor. Because of this, it’s no surprise we fall victim to the throes of hustle culture. In turn, we often respond with, “life’s been busy!” when asked how we’re doing. Been there, guilty of that.
Be it societal pressures or numbing out from painful circumstances, we fill our days with activity after activity and task after task. Weeks or months go by, and we neglect the beautiful (and important!) art of slowing down. This isn’t sustainable for long-term, vibrant health.
In the spirit of rebellion, we’re diving into the power of rest. Deep inhale, deep exhale. If you’ve been searching for a reason, an excuse, or simply a sign to slow down, this is it. Today is an opportunity to turn the page—to write your next chapter. It’s the chance (a choice) to segue from busyness to living with intention.
Speaking of segues, let’s talk about cycles. As with most things in life, we experience cycles: birth and death, the seasons, the Moon cycle, your menstrual cycle, etc. Meaning, we aren’t meant to be go-go-go all of the time. Ultimately, living in a cyclical nature is the key for better mental and physical health, energy, happiness, productivity, and growth. Said differently—there’s a time and place for exertion and there’s an equally important time and place for rest.
If you’re currently in your follicular phase, you may be feeling energetic, inspired, and focused. Great! Take advantage of this energy. However, if you’re currently on your period, you may be feeling more introverted. Rest, recharge, and reconnect with yourself. Progesterone and estrogen are at their lowest, so you may feel extra fatigued. Consider this your time to hibernate and hunker down (just as creatures do during the winter time!).
All of that said, rest is productive. The irony is that rest actually improves our performance in all areas of life—it also helps keep our hormones balanced.
Short yoga nidra practice
Feeling stressed, tired, or overworked? Anchor into your body with this beautiful yoga nidra video. You’re one click away from resetting your entire nervous system. Hot take: listen to this video in lieu of an afternoon cup of coffee. You’ll feel rejuvenated and energized in a deeply healing way.
3 simple ways to incorporate rest into your day
Between your endless to-do list, tending to house chores, and for some—simultaneously raising a family, finding a moment to rest feels impossible. As multi-hyphenate women, we get it. Here are three simple ways to incorporate rest into your day:
As you brew your morning coffee or sip your matcha, write down a list of gratitudes. This is a calming exercise for the mind, and it sets the tone for your day. Remember, where your focus goes, energy flows.
Get outside—every day. Mother Nature has a way of rejuvenating the soul. Be it first thing in the morning, taking a lunch break outside, or a weekend walk with a friend, fresh air and vitamin D lift our spirits and calm us.
Invest in a proper alarm clock and a feel-good book. Keep your phone out of the bedroom. Read, instead of scroll! This will help you fall into deeper, more restful sleep.