Microdose on Rest

Woman lying on grass looking up. Book on chest. Resting

Even though we know better, we still think working longer means being committed, caring, and doing a good job. 


But when we work 11 to 15-hour days, and the “break” is caregiving for ourselves (i.e., doctor’s appointments, groceries, house or car maintenance) and others (taking care of children, partners, elders, and friends), how do we usually feel? 


Exhausted. Resentful. Impatient. 


And the next day, we bring that to our work and relationships.


We are on a fast road to “doing.” Willing ourselves for the outcomes we want.


And it either doesn’t come easily or doesn’t come at all.


So, try a different approach.


Microdose on rest.


Plan for rest.


Define rest.


Try to intentionally book a 15-minute break, at least, between meetings. 


Don’t only use it for a washroom break. Use it to rest. 


Get up from your desk or the meeting room and walk away.


Try to get some fresh air.


At this time, stay away from your devices. Don’t catch up on emails. 


Instead, restore your energy. 


Resting for effectiveness and efficiency feels counterintuitive. 


Yet, it will help prevent decision fatigue, increase focus, strengthen memory, be more creative, lower stress, and help you gain perspective.


Plan for what feels like rest to you. This means defining rest.


It can mean a swim after work and a nourishing meal.


Or taking time between errands to take a walk, have tea at the chai stall down the street, or sit and have a snack undisturbed.


Rest can even be defined by completely checking out and watching a murder mystery, rom com or zombie tv series for an hour!


You don’t need to burn out to get the rest you need.


Microdose on rest. Plan for rest. Define rest.


Notice how it helps you achieve your goals, aligns with your values, and makes you happier overall.



P.S. Want support shifting from overwhelm to clarity? Sign-up for a free coaching needs assessment with me and let’s chat.