Over the weekend, I got to spend a few days away from the craziness in the mountains. Let me tell you, it was SO refreshing! We all need some time away sometimes, and the amazing thing about living in Arizona is you have the ability to drive a few hours, and feel like you’re in another state! In this week’s blog, I wanted to share some of the “aha” moments I had over the weekend about the importance of taking time to rest and recover.
1). Stillness is a virtue
I think we can all agree that with the insane amount of time we spend on technology and social media, it’s so difficult to just be able to sit with our thoughts, without feeling the need to scroll. Just like we immediately pick up our phone when our date leaves the table to “look busy” we do the same thing when we think there’s too much stillness. However, by learning to be able to sit with our thoughts, we’re teaching ourselves an important lesson; being peaceful in the stillness.
2). Turning off your phone is the key
There’s such a freedom that comes from not hearing your phone go off every few minutes! Whether it’s an email, DM, or any other notification, it will still be there after your time away.
3). We don’t need to justify time off
I’ve talked about how we feel the need to “earn” our time off before. But this is especially true when we carve out the time to do so! Now, of course we need to make sure we aren’t slacking on any work deadlines. However, the mentality that we need to “do more” to earn that time off needs to go.
4). Enjoy your food
Yes, I’m telling you to enjoy your food as a fitness coach! When I’m out of town and enjoying time off, I’m going to treat myself and not feel guilty about it! As I’ve said before, everything is about balance. And, I had a few brownies, ate some delicious spaghetti, and enjoyed every minute of it!
5). Appreciate the little things
For me, this was things like drinking my coffee on the deck, listening to the wind in the trees, or taking a nap on a hammock. These are simple little things that brought me so much joy over those few days.
These are a few of the things I learned during my time away in the mountains. Which one resonates with you the most? How do you make sure you’re making the most of your time off? Share in the comments below!