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Stop doing, start being

Every year, I promise myself that I'm going to take it a bit more easy over the summer. That I'm not going to pack my days as full to allow myself time to recharge.

And every year, it doesn't turn out that way. Before I know it, most every weekend is booked with some activity or trip, I'm signed on to teach more classes than I intended, and I say "maybe next year."

Can you relate?

We live in a society where it's expected of us to always be doing something. We feel like we should be "productive" and accomplish as much as possible.

This lifestyle is wearing us down, and in many cases, making us sick.

I came across this quote from Alice Walker recently. "You don't always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that's plenty."

A good reminder that you don't have to prove your worth - you are enough just as you are.

In these waning days of Summer, I challenge you to take a break. To say no to some things. To take tasks off of the "to do" list, and just be.

I recently grabbed a book and sat in the lounge chair on my new deck - during the week - in the middle of the day! Just this past weekend, I was tired from not sleeping well, so I took a 40-minute nap. Both of those things were glorious, and gave my body and mind much needed time to recharge.

Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to stop. Press pause. Relax.

Give yourself permission to take a break. Your body and mind will thank you.

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