REST with Katie Dalebout
"Being able to practice non-attachment and make peace in every situation has been the most freeing practice, and it's the change in my life that's changed everything. What's more, the ability to let it go stems directly from the ability to let it out," Katie Dalebout writes in her best-selling book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling.
Here, Katie shares that writing in her journal is restorative. She also lets us know that there are times when she has to let go and take things off her plate in order to free up space for herself. Plus, she outlines her peaceful relaxation practices.
WHAT ARE YOUR RITUALS TO RELAX, REJUVENATE, AND RESTORE YOURSELF?
I love taking super long walks and listening to music or podcasts. I love going to the movies or watching movies on my own. Writing in my journal for sure is something that is super restorative to me as well.
What is your advice to empower women to make time for (guilt-free) rest?
When you don't fill yourself up you really don't have anything left for anyone else; therefore, self-care isn't selfish, it's imperative.
Please describe a time when you had to surrender to rest.
--it's happened so many times, but recently I was spinning and so overwhelmed that I knew I was about to get sick and even burn out, so I scaled back as much as I could. Took as much off my plate as possible and tried scaling back. It's something I have to do every few years because I have a tendency to overbook and schedule myself so there is no whitespace left for me.
How do you tune into your body's wisdom to know when to rest?
I ignore my body a lot which is terrible, but sometimes necessary to be as productive as I want to be. However, this always ends up being not so good. I end up having to listen, so now during the business day, I try to listen as much as I possibly can. Even if that's as simple as stretching my legs while I'm working or deciding to outsource as much as I can.
Katie Dalebout is an author, blogger, speaker, and podcast host who lives in Manhattan.
Her first book, Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling, was published in 2016 with Hay House and is an Amazon best seller.
Through her podcast, videos and writing, Katie shares what she loves in hopes to a build community, elevate the topics she's passionate about, and encourage people to discover what they’re enthusiastic about.