There's Power In The Pause
It seems like we’re in a bit of an “everything era”—where we need to do everything, be everything and be everywhere in order to be viewed as successful or keep up in life. We are stressed and unwell as a result.
Do you make yourself a priority or do you feel like you’re not worth it? Maybe it’s a subconscious thought or maybe you just feel too dang busy to do anything for yourself. If that’s the case, you’re too dang busy. While it’s easy for me say this to you without knowing your exact circumstances, I want to encourage you right now. I want you to see that there IS time, there IS room and it IS important to prioritize your health. We all have the same number of hours in a day. What will you give up to make room, to make time? Identify the essential, eliminate the rest.
Gone are the days where your health takes a backseat while your schedule takes the wheel. Your health is way more important than that. Resting is essential to healing. Remember when you’d stay home sick from school and all you wanted to do was go out and play but your mom insisted you lay down and rest? She wasn’t being mean—mothers know best!
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic
The sympathetic nervous system is our “fight or flight” response. When this becomes our body’s go-to response, all of our blood and energy goes into the organs necessary to keep us alive in stressful situations. This means our body is not worried about digesting the food we just ate, or repairing those cells that have been damaged, or building our immune system up. Quite the opposite. Our body is concerned with one thing only: to keep us alive since some sort of danger or stressor is present. An important thing to realize is that being frustrated and stressed in traffic does the same thing to our body as coming across a wild animal in the woods. Both situations put your body in a sympathetic state.
On the other hand, when our body utilizes the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest” state), digestion, elimination, detoxification, rebuilding and restoration are able to take place. Only when our body, mind and soul are relaxed can healing actually take place.