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Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Elevate, Inspiration, Soul Food | 0 comments

Rest.

Rest.

If you are like most of us, you spend your days moving at 100mph. This life, no matter what it is you do, moves very fast. Our days are full of quotas, meetings, deadlines, appointments, lunches, phone calls… it is never ending. And what we don’t finish today will be waiting for us tomorrow. At the beginning of this new week, as I reflect on the week that just closed, I thought I would share my tips for enduring the particularly challenging weeks, and taking time to rest.

1. Schedule the critical things in your day, including time to get fresh air. It is amazing what 15 minutes outdoors can do for me! The sunshine and fresh air allow me to decompress and regain my perspective. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re staring at the same thing all day.

2. Move. Sitting all day can be a frustrating experience, and isn’t good for us. Take a walk… around the block, to the park for lunch, or just through your office. If you work from home or have an office, create a space to do a few yoga moves! Getting up and moving will not only get your blood pumping but also give your brain a break, and all those happy endorphins can make the rest of your day more productive and joyful.

3. Plan to rest. Yep. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it’s important. I am guilty of working too much sometimes. It’s easy for me to get caught up in all that we are doing, the incredible people that we meet and showcase, and all the projects that we have in development. I love what I do, adore my team and feel fortunate to spend my days doing work that fulfills me. That being said, taking time to disconnect from work is important. Taking a whole day off {I have to baby step} without my phone in my hand or the computer open is a priority for me. Completely disconnecting from the mechanics of every day, the static of social media and the emails that don’t stop coming… it is uber important. I am also in the process of scheduling my first real vacation {not work related, not family based} in years. I’m told this will help me. I’ll circle back with you post vacation ;)

Make time for you. When I recharge it opens space in my brain to create, learn and share more. My soul is happier when I rest. I hope that the same is true for you!

joanna – xo