Important of Resting
Let’s talk about feeling guilt towards resting.
In college I developed a very unhealthy relationship with food and my body. I was eating well under 1200 calories a day and working out for 1 to 1.5 hours a day six days a week (burning anywhere from 700-1000 calories a day.) I never spoke anything nice to my body. I was my biggest critic and compared my body to every other girl. I used to feel incredibly guilty for not working out when I said I would and in return would cut my calories for that day.
Overtime, coupled with stress, my health began to decline. I developed severe stomach problems (I would be bloated and not able to go to the bathroom for up to 2 weeks), numb tingly legs, brain fog, extreme lightheadedness and fatigue. It took me about 6 years to realize these health issues were due to the way I was treating my body and not managing my anxiety.
I want to point out that this is something I still struggle with today. After working a 10 hour day at the cafe, I sometimes get home and think “Wow... I didn't eat today.” I then force myself to work out even though I’m exhausted or feel guilty on the days I don’t exercise.
The past couple months I have been making it my focus to tune into my body and ask what it wants to do in that moment. It has been telling me to slow down and rest and fuel my body. For me this has been anything from napping, stretching, meditating, lying on my acupressure mat, painting, drawing, cooking/baking, watching TV, & reading. And you know what has happened…. I have felt the most joy, calm, and love for me and my body than I ever have.
My hope for this year is that we can come together as a community to spread more awareness about the importance of listening to our bodies and remove the guilt felt from resting. It is something I am still learning but my goal for this year is to truly do whatever I feel like doing at each moment. Wishing everyone a year of body love, rest, & joy.