Why We Need Rest to Recover and Grow

Why We Need Rest to Recover and Grow

via Thrive Global by Stacy Janiak

Earlier in the summer, we were all hopeful that the pandemic would recede into the background and we would be able to return to some semblance of normal life. Yet, as the COVID-19 Delta variant puts the focus back on prevention, we too are reminded not to lose sight of the need for a continued focus on health and well-being. 

When I watched as Simone Biles withdrew from her Olympic competitions, I took a vital lesson to heart. Even the strongest of us need time to recover, to rest and recharge. So, as we close out the summer months and the temptation to pick up the pace calls, I am consciously pausing and reminding myself to take note of the lessons I have learned. As Simone said, “We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we’re human, too. We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”

Too often we feel we have to “give it our all” at the expense of our well-being. We’re eager to prove ourselves and show our teams we’re capable and reliable. This became especially true as many people moved to a virtual work environment for the first time and the lines between work and home blurred. For many, the early uncertainty of the pandemic also led to longer days and less time off. With the changing nature of work, it can feel as though this level of exhaustive determination is now just part of the job. If asked how work is going, we say we’re, “giving 110%,” “firing on all cylinders,” and “burning the candle at both ends.” But if we really look at these phrases and consider what they mean, we realize keeping this pace means there will likely be nothing left of us to give – not to work or to any other aspect of life. We end up exhausted, depleted, and burned out – a feeling that is all too familiar for many people…

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