I’ve been back in the Sydney for just over a month now, and I have to admit I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this city. Being amongst the hustle and bustle of the electric urban atmosphere does wonders for my productivity; I switch into action mode and feel like anything is achievable. There’s a lot going on and countless opportunities. It is really easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, which is exactly what I’ve done. I’m a serial doer. I love getting shit done. For me the seductive city lifestyle is ever so alluring, with it’s promise of possibility and expansion around every corner. New work opportunities have been flowing in, dates with old and new friends, workshops galore and yoga classes on tap. I’ve been filling my cup up with what I thought were the most nourishing of practices. That couldn’t possibly be bad for me, right?
Well my body is telling me otherwise. Only 5 weeks into this lifestyle and I’ve already reached burn out. I’m run down, feeling exhausted and starting to notice the slight feeling of overwhelm creep into my thoughts. Right now I’m learning a very valuable lesson, self-care should be our ultimate priority.
I’m sure we’ve all fallen into the busy trap once or twice in our lives (some of us maybe even more then that!). For ambitious people this is very common, we want to feel like we are making the most of our time. Making personal and professional progress in our lives feels like the ultimate success. Having this type of passion is perfectly fine, but as soon as it starts to consume your life and affect your health, you know it’s time to back off a little.
It is unrealistic and unhealthy to be doing things 24/7, even if you are partaking in activities that are beneficial for your personal growth. Your mind, body and soul needs space between these actions to integrate everything that you have just experienced, and if you’re constantly doing there is just no time for being so that this integration to occur.
Keeping busy makes your body go into overdrive to compensate for this lack of space. You better believe that when you are feeling the pressure of a busy lifestyle, your health and wellbeing are feeling it just as much.
I really can’t stress how important it is to make adequate time for rest and self-care. Now this doesn’t mean lying in bed with your laptop checking emails and planning your ‘to do’ list for the week (sorry workaholics, but that just doesn’t cut it!). I’m talking about carving out some serious time for meditative and restorative practices.
This week I’ve had to take a long hard look at what I’ve committed to and where I can create more space in my life. I am gracefully backing out of anything that is not completely necessary for my long-term goals right now. As much as it pains me to let go of some of these things, the alternative outcome is by far much worse.