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The Power of Rest
Nurturing the Psyche for Personal Growth and Well-Being
“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of the room, not try to be or do anything whatever.” ― May Sarton.
In 2022, after dedicating 37 years to our business, I began to feel an immense sense of pressure from making decisions and handling work-related responsibilities. This overwhelmed feeling manifested in heightened irritability and escalated stress levels. Even minor setbacks or challenges became disproportionately frustrating for me. Ultimately, these factors contributed to the decision to sell our business.
Decision fatigue further hindered the ability to make choices effectively, causing even minor decisions to feel overwhelming and potentially leading to indecisiveness or silly decision-making mistakes for decision sakes as a way to alleviate the mental burden.
It is easy to become caught up in the busyness of life, constantly striving to achieve more and do more. However, I overlooked the importance of taking a break and allowing my mind to rest and wander.
Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life," and I concur. Gee, we even branded T-Shirts called Wisdom Wear with this Socrates quote. And we sold hundreds. Been there, done that, and didn’t buy the T-Shirt.
Taking a break from workaholic habits and responsibilities is not a sign of weakness but a necessary act of self-care. In hindsight, my ego wouldn’t let me recognize that my mind and body needed to recharge to regain perspective. I see now where consistent breaks would have benefited my mental and emotional well-being and enhanced overall job satisfaction, productivity and creativity.
In the words of John Lubbock, "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float acr”ss the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, I wish I had heeded May Sarton's advice and let my psyche rest, wander, and bask in the changing light of the room. I’d advise small business owners taking a break is not a luxury but a necessity for well-being and personal growth. So, remember to pause, appreciate the simple joys, and nurture your minds and souls to thrive in a constantly changing world.