The Benefit of an Off Day. . .
With my latest goal of being “good enough,” I have found the freedom to pursue my goals without the pressure. Without having timelines or defined obligations to meet, I find that I still try to get everything done; I just don’t feel as stressed out about it.
Perfect example: yesterday at the gym, I had an off day. All of you who work out know what I mean by this. I got in the car, and halfway down the block, I realized I had left my glasses at home. Not only that, but I had no coffee for the five minute drive. I know it seems like that cannot affect me much, but it did, a lot!
I hit the treadmill and had a hard time ramping up the speed, so I set it to a hill workout where I had to climb a series of hills so that I could still get a good workout while not pushing my speed. After that, I was exhausted, and didn’t feel like lifting weights at all, which I usually do after cardio. So I went home and got ready for work with plenty of time to not feel rushed.
Today I went to the gym and had one of the best workouts ever! I ran faster than normal, lifted harder than normal, and it felt great! Letting yourself have an off day can actually be a benefit. Your body needs an easy workout every now and then so that you can have great workouts later. If you never give yourself a break, you are not able to keep up with life.
This applies to us mentally as well. Letting a basket of laundry sit on my bedroom floor, without letting it drive me crazy because it’s not finished, allows me to get it put away a little at a time and not get worn out by getting it all put away as quickly and efficiently as possible. I know that laundry sounds like a small thing, but to those of us with limited energy that still try to do it all; it is not a little thing. It is a great place to start changing habits without having any negative effects.
I challenge all of you out there who are constantly trying to be the best you can to give yourself a break. Let yourself have an off day where you don’t get it all done – or only do it halfway. See how it feels. Once you realize it doesn’t make you any worse of a person, it feels great!
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