One evening, I went to visit my husband in his meditation space. Two candles illuminated the darkness and soft music caressed the air. Laying upon a fold-out futon, snuggled under a light blanket, he was quietly engaged in a body-scan meditation, a mindfulness-based stress reduction technique.
I smiled, thinking, “He knows how to create an especially relaxing and healing environment, doesn’t he!” I even felt a wee bit envious.
Now that we’ve entered into February, your new year’s resolutions for better health, more happiness, or optimism may have faltered. But, it’s never too late to begin again.
Why Do We Neglect Our Own Healing?
Why do we neglect our own healing? Although most of us need healing on one level or another – emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual – often we’re held back because we:
- Don’t believe we can truly heal
- Don’t feel we have the time
- Feel guilty when we take time to relax
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Debbie Roes. It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.
I was raised to be a high achiever and to excel at everything I did. It started with getting good grades in school and progressed on to graduating with honors from high school, college, and graduate school. This work ethic transferred from school into the work world and I found myself rapidly climbing the corporate ladder in Silicon Valley during the days of the dot-com boom.
Although I liked my job, it took up far too large a space in my life. For years, it was common for me to work ten to twelve hour days during the week, and I frequently spent time at the office on the weekends as well. In the high-tech world, it was completely normal to work this way and such a schedule was basically expected of any employee who wished to get ahead.
I teach one or two online courses each season, write on my blog, connect and share on social media, and learn via the internet. That’s a big chunk of time online. Sometimes, all the connectivity becomes too much for me.
Whether you’re working online or off, overworking leads to burnout.
I’m relatively good at taking breaks, easing stress, and meditating regularly, but I still hit my edge at times. So I want to share what I’ve learned with you so you can avoid burnout.