Good morning, and welcome to another week! As you might know from Armani’s mewsletter last weekend, we were fortunate to go on a beach getaway over the 4th of July weekend.
Usually, I prefer to stay on the beach and enjoy the sounds and smells of the water rather than actually going in because the ocean is beautiful but terrifying. I also hate the sensation of water in my nose.
When you’re in the water and you see the wave coming at you, there is an impulse to take a deep breath. In anticipation of getting pulled under, you want to fill your lungs as much as possible, but this often leads to a mouthful of salt water. It’s better to exhale as the wave hits you, dive under, and come back up.
I saw a social media post a while back that said creating is like breathing: sometimes we are inhaling (producing our own creations), and other times we are exhaling (resting). No one can create constantly – we all need rest.
In times of high stress, it can be tempting to take that big breath, push ourselves to do something, make something, be “productive.” But that can backfire and do more harm than good. It’s not only okay to exhale, but essential.
You deserve to rest. Let yourself exhale.