Sometimes I go full-on Sloth & Slug. Do you ever do that?
It’s when there’s just NO energy for doing… anything, really. So, I sleep and I lie around and I do a lot of nothing.
Problem is, as an overachieving perfectionist who’s always been a good soldier to dominant culture, it doesn’t take long for some part of my brain to start barking at me about how WRONG it is for me to be in Sloth & Slug mode.
Good news: I’ve gotten VERY GOOD at recognizing when I’m hearing the voice of my best self whispering things to me and when I’m hearing the very practiced voice of late-capitalist, consumeristic, racist, misogynist, ableist, homophobic, cis-het-straight white supremacist hustle culture yelling at me instead.
And the voice in my head that hates it when I REST, RELAX, RESTORE? That’s not the voice of my best self. The voice of my best self knows that I’ve been overworking for decades and that even if I hadn’t been, refilling the well is allowed. Downtime is required for the uptime to even BE uptime. Creativity requires a well to draw from. And while we know that pain and struggle and darkness provides a LOT of material for our creative process, we simply cannot EXECUTE the expression of all that material without being well-rested.
I was chatting with some brilliant people in one of my more woo-woo communities recently about Sloth & Slug, and one of them mentioned that sounds like a hipster bar. “Meet me at the Sloth & Slug!” Ha ha! I love it.
The best part about hanging out at the Sloth & Slug is that it’s kind of impossible to LIVE THERE. There’s a voice inside us that picks on us about even *getting* into that state, threatening us about how we live there now and the thing is, it’s just not true. Just like when we get really SICK, we may go a while without bathing, changing clothes, or even brushing our teeth!! But eventually… the will to live pushes through and we get just strong enough through all our illness to clean ourselves up and start fresh on some level.
Same is true about Sloth & Slug. Hell, same is true about high-achieving perfectionist! We simply cannot stay in any of those states forEVER. To be human *is* to fluctuate in our state of being.
So, how can you be kind to yourself about Sloth & Slug time? How can you make it not just okay, but fun? How can you allow the levels of being creative AND kind to yourself? Share with me just below! I’d love to celebrate your creativity in all its forms.
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COVID got me in June and I’m still reeling from the effects of it. Respiratory complications and severe asthma put me in the hospital for 2 weeks with one being in the Intensive Care Unit. I almost died. I’m home now and resting but not close to being well enough to do anything. So this post today resonates with me. My brain is so angry I can’t do anything, missing so many opportunities FOMO for real and I want to but my body must rest. I know I’ll be back 100 and better than ever, even if that is next year. Much Love! Stacy Beckly
For SURE, your Sloth & Slug time is mandated while you heal, and heal well, Stacy!! 🙂 I’m glad you’re giving yourself that space and time. Thank your sweet body for taking on so much and thank your brilliant brain for wanting to charge back in… but also knowing it’s safe to take a break and that everything the universe has already aligned for you will still be there (and better) when you are fully well.
Sending you LOTS of hugs!
I try to come up with ideas while I’m in Sloth & Slug mode. I let my brain be creatively active, but I let my body relax. If mybrian tries to wander to the stuff i just “have tobedoing instead” ishutthat part up real quick, and go back to creative thinking. Maybe a twist in a book I’m working on, maybe a new creature design for special effects, lyrics, or even something as simple as where is a great natural place for my next photo shoot. Sometimes spending the time to watch tv or music videos, even reading, can spark its own ideas. And I do love my puzzles, so i relax with them too
Ooh, that’s so good, Siffany! Time for the energy to take a different shape, space for creativity to wander into new territory. Love it!! Thank you for sharing! (I’m such a puzzle geek too.) 😉