Getting to know my brain has felt like navigating an intricate maze. Some days I seem to choose all the right turns- and then I hit dead end after dead end and feel like I'll never find my way out. When I find myself in one of these phases, I'm guilty of putting on blinders and running full speed ahead. This often translates into ignoring rest, rationalizing the need to splurge on things, and letting pressure build- instead of taking a time out to work through my thoughts.
Until just recently, I wouldn't have known how to recognized my brain's desperate plea to slow down and dove headfirst into meltdown territory. These days, I'm a little more skilled at recognizing the patterns and learning to curb them.
Last week, in the name of running low on energy, I lit the other end of the candle. Ignoring how counter productive it would be, I gave myself permission to buy whatever frivolous thing I wanted in the moment, hit the snooze button 10 times each morning, racked up a few IDGAF parking tickets, and used a bag of Sour Patch Kids as a meal replacement on several occasions. It sounds much cooler on Overheard LA than in real life. I was exhausted and sad, but quickly heeded the warning signs.
So what did I do? I gave myself one task for the weekend: rest.
I focused on stillness and connecting with myself at home. I practiced photography and editing, hiked through the wildflowers with my dog, burned sage, cooked wholesome meals and enjoyed my tea outside.
When you are laser focused on a career (like I've been lately), slowing down feels scary- like you're going to miss something or lose traction, but you won't. I think it's important to view rest as another function of growth. Your brain is capable of producing great ideas and you just have to give it the chance to stretch it's legs.
The hustle can wait.
Playlist, for taking it easy: