This week I’ve been obliged to face the fact that a lot of what I call “rest” isn’t real rest. I may not be exerting my body when I’m lying on my bed, but watching TV, surfing the net, tweeting, reading, chatting on the phone, writing, knitting, sewing and even thinking are not the same as doing nothing except rest.
I think part of my relentless mental busyness serves to distract myself from physical discomforts and other anxieties. But it’s all got a bit out of hand lately and my brain feels so stuffed with words, images and ideas that I can’t think straight. I’m making crappy decisions about what I do with my time and energy which wastes my limited resources.
Having noticed what’s going on I’ve been making efforts to change my behaviour. Which is not easy as I’m restless by nature and habit and full of curiosity about the world! Still, small steps get you where you want to go… Assuming you can stop yourself from exploring every enticing by-way that appears.
My first steps are to limit my internet time and to take opportunities to reduce my level of activity and/or mental stimulation. For example, I’ve stopped listening to the radio on while I’m preparing food. I have to eat, but I don’t have to listen to the news. It’s just a small thing, but if I keep making little savings they’ll hopefully accumulate into a healthier energy balance.