I wasn't kidding when I said that this year was my year of rest.
The previous year was full of ups and downs for our family that took it's toll. I am just coming off a two week blogging break that I have never taken before in my 10 years of blogging. In blogging, two weeks is akin to taking off 5 years! In fact, I was even debating on whether or not I should even come back.
My husband just took two weeks off from work and we were able to spend time as a family and BREATHE. Why breathe? Because breathing is so important. Did you know that they say that people who are always busy and stressed only take short breaths and not full breaths with their diaphragm? In case you are wondering, that is not the healthiest way to live and breathing deep is absolutely good for you.
And we need space to just "be".
Be slow, be ourselves, be creative, and reflect.
To have silence.
And to be still.
To do all the good things that can be left behind in the chaos of the daily grind.
The two weeks off was a treasure. A treasure that I don't want to leave behind. And I am figuring out how to incorporate that into the everyday of this year of rest.
While on this restful journey I have been catching up on some reading. I have been going through these three books right now:
It helps to bring the slow back to my life and to relish and enjoy that quiet time. Quiet time where I get to pour into myself.
It is so easy to forget about ourselves, but if we end up exhausted and burned out we are no longer good to serve anyone. It is okay to take care of ourselves. In fact, we need to!
Not taking care of ourselves can lead to stress and even health issues.We need to take care of ourselves and watch how we are spending our time, how we are eating and how we are resting. Are you carving out enough time in the day to do that?
Since I have a Type A personality, I can go, go, go all day long with a list of things I am prepared to tackle. But knowing that I have this type of personality I also have to make sure I pull back. Pull back and make sure I am doing what really matters.
My husband is good at helping me with that. Our personalities are different and his presence is a constant reminder of what is really important. I am glad there is someone around to help me back into the slow when it is needed!
A few other things I have been doing to purposefully rest is:
-making sure I get more sleep
-getting time to recharge (as an introvert, this is so important)
-creating a more quiet space in my bedroom
-saying "no" to unnecessary deadlines
-pulling back from online "work"
-doing what brings enjoyment to me and not just doing what I "think" I ought to do
-spending less time on social media
-doing what I used to love to do
-finding new things I enjoy doing now
I will share more on this in future posts, since I am sure you are struggling to rest too. It's okay if you have found yourself at this point and now you realize you need to change. We CAN turn the tide and get back to a place of rest. Remember, we can do this together! I will be blogging more about this to encourage us all in our on-going journey of desiring rest.
What do *you* do to find rest in your day?
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