Why do we have the tendency to feel guilty when we have to stop, to give up, to rest, to slow down?

Maybe because we’ve been brought up believing that to be ‘productive’ we need to keep going, keep trying, keep moving, keep running…

But sometimes, to travel further, we need to stop and rest to recharge ourselves. When things are no longer serving us, we need to give them up instead of holding on. When we want to enjoy the journey, appreciate the experience, and make memories, we need to slow down.

This month, let’s give ourselves the time to do all of them–when we need to, unapologetically. Let’s give ourselves the ultimate permission to dedicate this month for ourselves, so we can have the chance to stop. To give up. To rest. To slow down.

Because we deserve it.
Because you deserve it.

hanny

2 Responses

  1. It’s just like me whenever I decided to take a rest from all routine.. but somehow it make me feels guilty because I’m not doing anything at that day. But when I after read kak hanny article I just realize that take a rest, stop doing anything for a while is important too to recharge our self. Thank you kak hanny! 😀 I hope you have a nice day!

    1. yes, rest is something we need to recharge and refresh. so getting some rest without feeling guilty, I think, is crucial 🙂

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I am an Indonesian writer and an artist/illustrator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I love facilitating writing/creative workshops and retreats, especially when they are tied to self-exploration and self-expression. In Indonesian, 'beradadisini' means being here. So, here I am, documenting life—one word at a time.

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