SELF CARE, NOT SLOTH

1444156953111You’re binge watching Netflix. You’re eating a whole Pizza. Or you haven’t even got out of bed yet.

Why are doing this? What’s wrong with you? Nothing.

You’re not being slovenly. You’re recovering. You’re practicing self care.

I love productivity. Maybe too much. Nothing like getting things done…except getting even more done.

I hate not getting things done. Being unproductive is not who I want to be. But is unproductive the best descriptor?

When I’m being “unproductive,” am I really doing nothing? No, we’re always doing something. And there is one thing that is the most important thing to do.

If I’m binge watching Stranger Things 2, I’m not doing nothing. If I’m eating chocolate cake donuts, I assure you…I’m doing something. And what I’m doing is important.

But no matter what I’m doing, doing is only half the equation. The other half is feeling. And my feelings should dictate my actions.

Whenever we hear that statement, we’re inclined to disagree with it. After all, if we want to succeed, we have to ignore our feelings, right? We have to do the “right” thing, the productive thing…no matter what, right? Wrong.

The most important thing to produce, or action to take, is the one that makes you feel better. That’s why doing something typically considered non-productive is often the best thing to feel better. But you won’t only feel better.

When you feel better, you’ll also do better. I often see two extremes. Those who won’t ever “indulge” over work themselves until they crash. Then I see those who do nothing but “indulge” overindulge…until they crash.

There is a third way, a middle way. Do just enough of the indulgent acts: “junk” food, mindless entertainment, gaming. Pay attention to how you feel…and once you feel better, see how you can once again become productive.

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