How to Unhook From “Hustle” and Enter the Cave of Stillness
This post is sponsored by Nature’s Way. I am so honored and excited to partner with them to celebrate 50 years of paving a better way to well. Together we’re helping make wellness accessible and making positive changes in the lives of others.
Are you ready to *really* give yourself permission to slow down, and dare I say it, rest? Is your body letting you know that it wants a break? If so, you’re not alone. According to recent research, burnout is on the rise at the workplace.
Here’s the truth: you can have it all, depending on your definition of “having it all”… but sometimes you’re not meant to do it all.
I’ll be honest, the idea of slowing down and sitting in silence is still something I am working on every single day. Questions like, “Will I be worthy if I am not working/creating/doing? If I am not productive, will I lose it all?” pop into my head as if I am doing something wrong by acknowledging my feelings. Wild, right?
As Joseph Campbell wisely stated, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
I’m pretty sure the treasure we’ve been taught to seek outside of ourselves -- purpose, security, alignment -- is found in the connection we create with ourselves in stillness. In slowing WAY down. In re-connecting to ourselves. In activating the parasympathetic arm of your autonomic nervous system, or as it is commonly referred to, the “rest and digest” mode. When we are in this mode, our bodies can begin digesting the food (aka fuel) they need to run optimally, restore cellular functions, and increase immune function.
On the other side of the coin, when the sympathetic arm of our autonomic nervous system is activated, our bodies are in “fight or flight” mode. When we are in this mode, our number 1 focus is survival. This helped us survive in the past when all of our energy needed to be directed towards escaping a lion, or any perceived threat. However, nowadays, the threats we face are around every corner: Emails, bills, children to take care of, work, the dishes, etc. Because of the fast-pace lifestyle of our culture, our bodies often don’t have the opportunity to recalibrate and regenerate in a way that supports our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
I’m inviting you to trust the power of slowing down, unhook from the constant hustle, and allow your body and mind the space it needs to truly rest.
Now that you’re with me, here are some ways to enter the cave of self-reflection:
Nutrition: If you are trying to slow down and get centered, taking a shot of caffeine is not going to help. Instead, opt for a tea or smoothie with ½ a tsp of Nature’s Way Relax Powder added into it. It helps reduce stress and it includes the amino acid L-theanine in it as well as the adaptogenic plant, Ashwagandha.* More of this please... It is a staple in my morning routine.
Creating a Routine: Getting intentional with your time can be a calming practice within itself. I invite you to practice setting aside a set amount of time for yourself each day and see how it makes you feel. When you notice yourself getting stressed, hit the pause button, and take 6 deep breaths -- this helps activate your “rest and digest” mode. Some other routine favorites include: journaling, walking outside, nature, baths (with a hot cuppa tea), and meditating.
Reframe: Remind yourself that it is safe to release and relax. We are worthy even when we slow down. In fact, when we give ourselves permission to take a moment to ourselves, we operate a lot more efficiently and from a more aligned state of being. Why? Our problem-solving skills and creative thought become more available to us when we are in “rest and digest” mode.
Stay with it: Slowing down might feel uncomfortable at first. That’s because it goes against what we’ve been taught to do in our culture. Commit to a short amount of time to begin with, and then increase it as you begin to fall in love with “rest and digest” mode.
Clear Expectations + Boundaries: Nothing sinks a ship faster than covert expectations. Answer this question: “What do I need to be at my best?” Once you get clear on these needs, invite everyone to join your team and hold you accountable in meeting your needs.
Digital detox: The phone always has something for us to do. The constant comparison loops and the pressure to keep up with everyone on social media can lead to burnout. Ask yourself, “Can the moment outside of the phone be enough right now?” And then log off.
Let’s all enter the cave titled, “Rest is your superpower.”
Can’t wait to see you there,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.