Do You Need Rest?

I hate to admit it but my anxiety has been acting up quite a bit lately. Between balancing work stress, freelancing, blogging, yoga teacher training, and a social life, at times I feel like I’m trying to scoop water out of a boat with a hole in it. Something isn’t working.

While some of the stress is of a positive nature (hello YTT and the boy!), they still add to an already full bucket. I needed to figure out how to find the balance of them all and what I really need.

As I was talking to my friend about it over the weekend, she goes “when are you taking time for Katie? Or even taking a nap?”

Oh. 

Rest. It hit me that what I really need is rest. I haven’t been meditating as regularly and when it came to practicing yoga at home, I didn’t want to practice my favorite vinyasa flow, I wanted to take restorative postures and hold them for extended periods of time using my cushy booster and new yoga blanket. My body was directing me to rest.

I should have known. I needed rest.

Standing at the top of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha a few weeks ago, I was mesmerized by the chunks of ice floating down the river. It was freezing and windy but I found myself in complete awe and stillness as the ice swiftly moved below my feet. *** I was reminded of the yogic idea of Ishvara Pranidhana or the idea of surrender. In this moment, I was still like when I'm laying on my back in savasana at the end of class. I didn't allow myself to think about a million different things happening in my life, but rather surrendered to the moment before me and just let go. *** All of these moments where yoga presents itself in my life feel like confirmation that I am on the right path. I don't need to overthink my every decision or thought, but rather surrender to the journey.

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But when life gets busy, full, stressful, or whatever you want to call it, and regardless if there’s positive stress mixed in, we have to take rest. In yoga, we call this Ishvara Pranidhana. It’s the idea of surrender. Like that moment at the end of yoga (especially at the end of a tough hot vinyasa class) where you’re finally invited into savasana and never in your life has STILLNESS felt so freaking good.

Sometimes we need rest. Sometimes those of us who are prone to anxiety or overworking ourselves are forced into it. For me, this is usually when I get sick. It should come as no surprise that last week I was fighting a cold. Yet here I was still wondering, what’s wrong with me?!

I needed rest. 

I ask you today: how are you doing? Do you need rest? When was the last time you checked in with yourself and what your mind, body, and soul need? Maybe today you do that. In fact, today I challenge you to do that. 

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11 thoughts on “Do You Need Rest?”

  1. Love this post, Katie, and you’re so right. We don’t often surrender and give in to the rest our bodies desperately need. Thanks for the reminder and take good care of yourself, momma! Your body, your temple, right??

    Xo

  2. Good for you recognizing what your body needed! It is so important for our bodies to get that rest. I will admit I’m not so great at knowing that is what I need until it’s too late sometimes. I’m trying to get better about it though!

  3. I’m good at getting rest. I used to feel like I always had to be doing things but I’ve learned to prioritize. Everything gets done just maybe not as soon as I (or someone else) would like it to be done. It all works out in the end.

  4. Loved this post! I totally feel you, I definitely need to listen to my body more when it needs rest, and not just sleep but rest from technology and working. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. It’s so easy to ignore your body telling you that you need rest. I think that’s been my problem for the last few weeks as I’ve been fighting a cold that doesn’t want to leave.

  6. My husband has started taking away my phone and making me read for an hour periodically so that I can have some “me” time and do something that I’ve been wanting to do: read more. But it’s true! We can’t do everything we need/want to do if we’re not taking care of ourselves and getting rest when we need it.

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