There is a level of exhaustion which a good sleep can’t fix.
It takes multiple weeks of obeying the nap and going to bed with the sun.
It takes hours upon hours of quiet and alone and slowly, slowly remembering what our own bodies sound like when they speak to us.
It takes good, long walks or runs or swims every day to make our bodies’ tiredness begin to match our hearts’.
It takes being bored which lets in creativity or mischief, which hold the door open for delight to return.
Even that does not heal all the damage, but helps it to move to the past and scar over and not remain an active, acute thing.
Build up to stillness slowly,
greeting each new distraction, thought, worry, feeling with generous welcome because it is part of the path.
Rest for the heart comes in stillness, as rest for the body comes in sleep.
Not a lack of motion, but a balancing.
Stillness will come in tiny moments; that is enough to be going on with.