Too busy to rest? You may want to reconsider.

This week has been one of those crazy, busy ones where my to-do list was so long, I absolutely had to meet a friend for coffee this morning and have a nice long three-hour chat. 

What???

That’s right.

I have so much to do my to-do list has its own to-do list. I scheduled myself down to the half hours, and fitting in a shower feels like a luxury. Why, then, would I carve out time to linger in a coffee shop? 

Because I’ve vowed to take better care of myself, and resting is critical to self-care. 

A lack of rest is linked to a shocking number of diseases and conditions, including heart attacks, memory loss, aging skin, diabetes, stroke and depression, to name a few. For more on this topic, check out a great article on www.webmd.com (http://bit.ly/1f3jhrb). (Don’t use Web MD to diagnose yourself, though. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had only 4 weeks left to live. My husband doesn’t even get his hopes up anymore.)

My self-imposed “busy” schedule is something I have control over. Yes, things have to get done. I have commitments, a family, a career; there’s a lot to juggle. But running myself ragged pretending to be super mom/wife/career-woman/Oprah (doesn’t everyone pretend to be Oprah sometimes? Just me?) isn’t helping anyone, least of all myself.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve glorified, even envied, the “busy” lives of other women (and men) and thought they must be smarter/more important/successful/driven/valuable/worthy than I am.  If I could just “get it together” I could be them

What I learned the hard way, is that my “I’m so busy” lifestyle made me harried/stressed/sick/worried/sleep-deprived/crabby, and my life was slipping through my fingers. Quickly.

So among all my appointments, errands, deadlines and meetings this week, I had to make time to breathe, relax, and connect with a friend. It will probably be one of the most important things I do all week.

Are you making time to slow down, purposefully and intentionally within your day or week? Why or why not? Do you over-value a busy schedule? Why or why not? Please leave your comments here!

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