Rest is Not Optional

One of the main reasons I haven’t posted in over two weeks is because right after I wrote about having an “off” night salsa dancing, and needing to get back on the horse again, I got back on the horse again and completely exhausted myself.

Two nights later after that depressing salsa night, I went out salsa dancing again at new place with new teachers. The class broke down the basics in a different way, and I got to dance with some partners who I clicked with. I didn’t mean to stay out late, but I wound up dancing ’till midnight, which meant bedtime at 1 a.m.

Not too bad, except that I had to get up at 6:3 0 a.m. for work. And, that night I had longstanding plans for a friend’s birthday for some all-night drinks and dancing at the Cat Club for 80’s night. We had a blast dancing our butts off until the bouncers kicked us out – and I got home at 3 a.m.

The combination of physical exertion and minimal sleep caught up with me that weekend. I got a cold (fever, sore throat, etc) which was followed by a week or so of congestion and a dry, hacking cough. It took me a while to feel like a normal person again.

All of this was an obvious reminder to me to take care of my body. It’s OK to be in my 30s, in love with dancing, and willing to squeeze it in between normal work and family obligations. It’s OK to have late nights. But I have to remember that I need to rest after exertion – especially if I’ve lost sleep. Otherwise, I’ll suffer – both from being sick and missing out on more dancing!

Today, I exercised for the first time since that dance-crazy week by taking a Zumba class. I decided to consciously give myself some rest (instead of lazing around watching Hulu, playing on my iPad, or stressing about my holiday to-do list). I’m actually surprised by how much I conked out! I hadn’t realized how tired I was until I gave myself the space to rest.

Now I’m awake, about to re-energize a bit with some Rooibos Chai, and writing this post 🙂

Maybe it’s a good reminder to you too. Do you overdo it sometimes and forget to create time and space to rest? I think we all need that – especially with the holidays coming up.

Here’s to good sleep, lots of dancing and plenty of health and energy this winter!