Whenever we are not at our best we need to recover. Sometimes it’s because we are ill or we have been a little sad or we have were physically injured. This process can be from a perceived or actual problem. It is a time of replenishment and redemption and rescue. Our body and our mind need to quiet – to be still.
This is a difficult process in our society, especially today. Our society is geared toward achieving, doing, producing and showing results in our endeavors. That normally means that we are in motion, we are using our energy to make something happen. If we are not constantly showing others that we are being a productive member of society then we may become less productive – possibly invisible in society.
However, recovery demands that we relax, we stop, we slowly breath – we heal. This, of course, produces mental anxiety. We are surrounded by bodies that are in constant motion and every fiber in our body is telling us to do just the opposite. Even if we do isolate ourselves from this fray of perpetually moving objects, our inclination is to quickly jump back into the whirlwind of motion. Again, our internal mental voice tells us – wait you’re not ready, producing more anxiety.
Obviously, the recovery process contains it’s own brand of stress. The key is to not “bow” to this idea and elevate this idea to “distress.” So, if you are in need of some form of recovery – take the time to do just that, recover. Resist the urge to jump back into the whirlwind too soon and understand that stress will always be part of the process – but you can handle it because you are recovering.