Why Rest Is So Important
How often do you rest? Recharge? Refuel? Do the things that fill your cup?
Resting doesn't necessarily mean sleeping (although it could - I love sleeping:) ). Resting means giving your brain and body a break. Resting means allow your system to come to a still point. Resting means giving your body the space to fill up your energy reserves.
We are a go-go-go hustle-hustle-hustle society. This has its merits for sure, but we can't always be running. You'll burn yourself out and end up running on fumes.
And if you're a parent, you'll find that you don't have much to give to your loved ones, because you've depleted yourself. It is healthy, especially as a mom, to take time to rest. I recently went to Phoenix two months in a row for sisters trips with both sides of my family. It felt slightly decadent on my part - two trips?! Two months in a row? Spending that money? Taking that time off of work? How could I??
And while I didn't necessarily return home as a brand new woman with no cares in the world and all the patience to deal with my kids' antics, I did return home feeling like I had had a good mental break from the hubbub of daily life. There is a phrase that is fitting for this: "if you don't make time for your wellness, you'll have to make time for your illness".
If you don't take the time to care for your mental wellbeing, it will catch up with you. Remember that burnout I was just talking about? When you picture how your life's trajectory is going to go, we don't picture burnout. So what can you do to avoid that from happening? Have things in your day, your week, your month that recharge and refuel you. Time spent outside, a hobby you enjoy, date night, moving your body, crafting, reading, eating good food, naps, time with good friends - all are just a few examples.
If you are feeling like you are starting to run on fumes, pick one thing a day, one thing a week, and one thing a month that you can do to fill you cup. And stick with it!!
Your wellbeing is worth your time and investment!