Sometimes the old admonitions: 'Keep going!' 'Don't give up!' actually fight our body's deeper wisdom.
Think about it, isn't it possible that a down day is your systems way of saying: 'Hey, time out! I need to catch my breath!'
When we fight against these natural, perhaps healthy messages we often push ourselves past the breaking point and end up with something that really stops us!
A cold or flu, a sprained ankle, all of these can be signs that you didn't listen to that 'stop' sign and your body is taking things into its own hands… so to speak!
Temporary is the operative word. This is a time out to catch your breath. (Down for the count is also a sign: this one cries 'time for professional intervention'!)
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE!
#1. Release the judgment!
Bullying yourself into action is rarely productive!
Have a dialog with your internal Bully and tell it to take a hike!
#2. Listen to the message.
What is your body trying to tell you?
Have you been working too hard?
Letting environmental stress get to you?
#3. Act on the information!
Take a break! Catch your breath!
Dumb down for a day!
Stare at the sky, listen to the birds, do what you love that creates time out for you!