Chris Childs

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Tip #7: Have a ‘no-have-to’ day

I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these crazy times. Yes, it is an uncertain time and there are things that we won’t be able to control – but it doesn’t have to be an obstacle, it can be an opportunity.

For 7 weeks I am going to send you a daily dose of inspiration, because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!

“If you get tired, don’t quit – rest” – Banksy

Tip #7: Have a ‘no-have-to’ day

Rest is important. Especially now, in a time where so much of the usual busyness has been ground to a halt, it is vital to see the opportunity for resting as a powerful part of moving forward rather than as stopping.

Resting might be a sleep-in for you or it might be getting up early and gardening, reading, exercising, a bath, a laugh or drinking coffee and staring into space… Thinking of a day off as a no-have-to day means that you can listen to your own impulses about what will refuel your batteries.

Just as being deliberate in our focus when we work makes us get more done, being deliberate about resting will make it more impactful. Deliberate rest means thinking about all the options we have for how we would spend our time and choosing what we would find most nourishing right now – then shelving everything else for a while and being really present in that thing.

Take some time to really let go of your to do list (and especially your too-much-to-do list) and connect with your thoughts, your body, what is wonderful about this print moment… and unless some solitude is what you need, connecting in with other people too for a long, unhurried chat.

Just as rest days are an important part of any elite athlete’s strength training program, taking some days off from being productive and striving are an important part of achieving your goals.

Recommended Reading:

The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age, by Claudia Hammond

Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we’re busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.

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