Mental & Physical Rest Days

You’re at the end of the wire — your fifth cup of coffee, sore and aching muscles and extreme exhaustion seem to be looming over you like a dark cloud. Yet you still lace up your tennis shoes and head to the gym. Or go out for a late night. Where’s the YOU time?!

This is something I struggle with greatly. I give 100% to everything I do, so rest days (mentally and especially physically) seem like a step backward for me.

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Me, today, needing to take my own advice. 

Physical Rest

I am an absolute advocate of physical rest and I can name the countless number of benefits, including muscle recovery and repair. If someone were to tell me they worked out 7 days a week, I would be sure to advise them to rest. But why can’t I take my own advice? That seventh day comes around and I’m just itching to be in the gym. What ends up happening? I wear myself out. I either get sick or I feel so run down that I’m in bed at 7 p.m. and can sleep like a baby for 12 hours, which is what happened to me last night.

Word to the wise: You will never get the results you want if you don’t rest. Your body needs time to repair itself and build those muscles that you work so hard for. Give them a chance to show up! (Knock knock to hard-headed Julie — Take your own advice!!!)

Mental Rest

I’m the type of person that constantly needs to be stimulated. Whether that’s checking my phone, reading, watching TV, listening to music, I need to be doing something. Sound familiar? Well then I’m sure you know how I feel getting into bed at night — like all my brain wires are fried. But what do I do? Scroll through all my social media apps while lying in bed (as if I missed something soooo important…. Yeah. Right.) I never give my brain time to just rest.

Word to the wise numero dos: STOP. You’re not missing anything on social media, I promise. Go sit somewhere, alone, take a few deep breaths and just try to focus on your breath. This is why I love yoga so much. When you’re serious about your practice and really in the moment, nothing else matters. It’s refreshing.

Let’s remember what’s important here — OUR HEALTH. You are no good to anyone else if you can’t take care of yourself! Let’s all just take a deep breath, relax and enjoy what really matters :-). 

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8 thoughts on “Mental & Physical Rest Days

  1. COMPLETELY agree with “You are no good to anyone else if you can’t take care of yourself!” I’m glad you took a rest day- even if it is difficult to do sometimes! ❤ 🙂

  2. All of this is completely true! I always SAY rest days are important, but I find it so hard to actually TAKE them! And I love your advice about just stepping back from social media- I’m completely addicted and always refreshing the page. Not good!

  3. Hi Julie- I just stumbled across your blog and love it!

    I needed to hear this- I am horrible at giving myself time to rest! I tend to guilt trip myself if I take a day off from social media, work, or school. It seems so silly, but rest really is a difficult thing to practice! 🙂

    • Thank you! And girl, you’re preaching to the choir. I seriously beat myself up and feel like I’m missing out on life if I take a day to myself. My friends and I call it FOMO- fear of missing out. But I’m also no good to anyone if I’m constantly busy and stressed out!

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