When you have just enough energy to take care of your body’s needs, do just that!
We have a gazillion things on our to-do list, and we often foolishly try to accomplish them all at once with no regard to our body’s need for rest and restoration.
We’ve become so obsessed with pushing beyond our physical limits that even the industry is banking on this trend with energy drinks, and other pills and potions to help us stay in the race. But we pay a high price for going against our divine design.
We all pretty much agree that sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on our health and wellbeing. But do we also realize that our body tells us when we need to slow down… to stop?
When we are dragging, fatigued, irritable, stressed, and worn-out, we are not only more prone to making bad decisions and mistakes, we are literally damaging our physical and emotional being.
Giving our body time to refuel is imperative. Sometimes all it takes is a cat nap; other times it may be a weekend of sleep cure. At times, it may be necessary to only focus on taking care of restoring ourselves back to a balanced state… and this may take a season.
Listen to your body, lest you be forced to listen to your doctor.
Listen to your body. Respect its need for rest. Appreciate its limits. Stop and refuel for as long as it is necessary. Cater to your body, your mind, and your soul.
Humble yourself and admit when you just can’t keep adding to your plate.
Those dreams, those goals, these projects, and commitments can wait until you are TRULY equipped and able to tackle them. Check-in with the heart and mind… they usually know.
- So, when it feels that you have no energy you probably don’t.
- When it feels like you are running on empty, you probably are.
Stop, rest, and restore!
Just because God put it on your heart, doesn’t mean it has to be done now. If it’s at the expense of your health, you are going about it the wrong way. Pace yourself. There is no expiration date on your dream. Your race is not that of anyone else’s, and neither should your pace be.
Your race, your Pace, your rhythm.
To your health!
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