Recently, things have been in serious flow state over at Ziva. We’ve been growing our following, making new connections and are arguably in the most exciting period of growth in Ziva history.
Yet, last week our entire core team took a spring break. We all turned on our automatic email responder, shut down our laptops and actively chose to rest. We did this to practice what we preach: resting is an action.
And if you’re a high performer you know: it’s not easy to take time off.
So why did we do this?
We had spent months at full speed leading up to, and during, the book launch. In the aftermath of so much book craziness, we found it important to take time to downshift, trusting that our work would still be there in the coming week — and for good reason.
News recently broke that 55% of Americans felt stressed about their lives in 2018. This is a record high for our country according to Gallup’s 2019 Global Emotions Report. And the worst part? This probably isn’t even surprising to you. After all, how many people in your life don’t constantly complain about stress? Chances are, it’s a small number. This, in accordance with stress being attributed to 90% of doctor visits, makes one thing clear: stress is killing us.
That same Gallup report noted that levels of anger, stress and worry are as high as they’ve ever been — and they’ve been increasing every. single. year. And for Americans under 30? This group is the angriest of all of them.
At Ziva, these findings fuel us because we know it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve seen it firsthand in the over 20,000 students Emily has taught. We’ve seen it in readers of Stress Less, Accomplish More. And we’ve seen it in ourselves.
In our society, we view rest as wasted time. It’s the same reason we convince ourselves we’re too busy to meditate and why we skimp on sleep when work starts to pick up. But by doing this, we are self-sabotaging and robbing ourselves of our full potential.
In Gallup’s report, they asked respondents to gauge how positive their prior day was. Those who responded positively were typically those who were well-rested or had remembered smiling and laughing a lot. Those who responded negatively experienced physical pain, sadness, stress, worry or anger.
How can we fix it?
We have some ideas. Number one? You guessed it: meditation.
There’s a reason why those who responded positively to researches reported higher levels of rest and happiness. When you fail to give yourself the rest you need, your body and brain can’t heal itself of negative emotions like stress and anger or work through inflammation which leads to physical pain. But by meditating, you’re tapping into your inner source of bliss and fulfillment that lives inside of you all the time.
As a society, we’ve been living in a chronic fight-or-flight for far too long and it’s unsustainable to carry on like this for much longer. After all, that’s why Emily wrote this book in the first place. Because we need to get these tools far and wide, and into the hands of the people who are experiencing the most distress.
By practicing Ziva Meditation, you give your body deep, healing rest so you can perform at the top of your game. Over time, you’ll start working through your to-do list faster and with more ease. This means you have more time in your day to do things that make you happy and catch all 8 hours when bedtime strikes.
After our spring break, we came back to work this week with new energy, ideas and excitement around spreading the mission of Ziva. Because when you give your body and brain the rest it needs to heal itself, you allow yourself the opportunity to perform at the top of your game.
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Share this article with your family and friends. Remind them that resting is an action and suffering through stress won’t help them become the best and brightest version of themselves. It’s time we take inspired action toward our emotional and mental well-being.