Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
Each of us may define "rest" very differently. Some define it as sleeping at night, stopping the runaway thoughts, hitting the snooze button 7 times, sitting in the car alone and in silence after dropping the children off, taking a vacation, napping, Netflix binge, cleaning, and the list could go on.
Merriam-Webster defines it as: 1 : repose, sleep specifically : a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities. 2a : freedom from activity or labor. b : a state of motionlessness or inactivity. c : the repose of death. 3 : a place for resting or lodging.
When a field rest it is just allowed to do what it will in it's natural state. Now I am not a farmer and am not certain if there are certain signs that the field has rested enough and is ready to give a bountiful crop or if it's just standard practice to allow it to rest a certain amount of time.
No when it comes to humans I can spot the look of rested a mile away. You know the person who suddenly appears to have less wrinkles, less frowning, less stress on their face? The person that you felt like something was wrong with them, but just couldn't put their finger on it? Maybe that person just so happened to be the reflection staring back at you in the mirror. Often times we run ourselves so ragged that ragged becomes our natural state of being. There is no one telling us to get rest until a doctor orders it or a family/friend who becomes worried. By then your mind and body have been screaming to give it rest in many ways and you ignored the signs.
If a farmer ignored the signs that the field needed rest then he/she would be planting, plowing, waiting for crop to be harvested and there just wasn't anything coming up. They would be spinning their wheels year after year until they gave up. Nothing the farmer would do could make that field produce. NOTHING.
The same holds true for us. Every single day we are harvesting of crop and rest is a requirement. Many of us have the belief that we will rest when we die or do not stop until we are forced to when we break something or get ill. Stop abusing your body, mind, and spirit like this. Take care of you today. Even if it's a 5 minute nap. If you do not then you are plowing a field that has no intention of producing. You are running in circles being "busy" and getting little to no progress made.
Spend the next couple of minutes writing a list of 5 ways that you can rest in under 15 minutes. Keep this list with you and begin implementing at least one of them today.
Treat yourself like the wise farmer treats his field and let your field rest to produce abundance.
StressLess & Blessings
Stress Management Life Coach
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NIcky Stansbury is the Founder of La Palmera Spa and StressLessSecrets. She is passionate about inspiring others to respond instead of reacting to life's plot twists.