Mandatory Rest

One of my colleagues sadly fell on snow-covered ice a couple of weeks ago.   The prospect of a couple of weeks of shutting down for healing seemed to bother her more than the pain and discomfort of the break.  I referred her to the three seasons of “Victoria” on Amazon Prime, and reminded her that sometimes life gives us a gift that doesn’t seem like a gift, but turns out to be for best.  She is now back to work, rested and refreshed, with her leg in a boot to continue the slow down.

This weekend in the midst of getting ready for a trip, life gave me the gift of Influenza A, which was not at all in my plans or schedule.  I found myself in the same situation of not wanting to block out precious time for healing, but nevertheless clearing my schedule and travel plans for rest.

Rest is as significant as the space between musical notes.  There is the wisdom of rest in keeping a Sabbath, in taking spring breaks, in scheduling some of each day to do nothing.  Often, symptoms of anxiety and depression are signals of tiredness and physical, mental, and emotional fatigue.  A helpful opening question in a beginning therapy is to ask, “Tell me about your typical day.”

Most of us are a little frazzled around the edges from this long and tenacious winter.  We may need to make spring come for ourselves in creating some space in each day to relax and be grateful for our many blessings and graces.  This simple practice, whether a meditation, or a walk, or just sitting quietly, is a source of wellness.