Anyone else get caught up in the “hustle” of life? For some reason we like to be busy. In fact, anytime I recall asking how someone has been doing (and I even respond this way myself) it’s usually that they’ve been “busy”. Then we find ourselves exhausted and wonder when the day for rest will come.
We all have dreams and aspirations. We have responsibilities that call our name. However, if we don’t take the time to incorporate rest, we will continue to run our fuel light on empty. Rest doesn’t have to look like a 2 week vacation for it to work. I also don’t recommend resorting to binge watching Netflix either. Instead, practice mindful resting- where you are actually present in the moment. There are simple ways to fit it in, no matter what your schedule looks like.
- Find a place of complete silence and set a timer for 10 minutes. Let your thoughts wander. Pray. Dream. Take in the senses around you. Breathe.
- Journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I can be gibberish if you want it to be. Write down things you are thankful for in the moment. Write down your biggest dreams.
- Listen to good music. Put your earbuds in so that you escape to another place. Get lost in the beauty of the melodies.
- Stretch or move your body. Release tension. Become fascinated by the beauty of what your body is capable of.
- Go outside. Walk around. Smell the fresh air. Be in awe of God’s creation.
- Look through photos. What would make it even better is if you have printed copies you can flip through with your hands. Step away from technology and feel the nostalgia of the good ol’ days.
- Read a book or a newsletter. Get inspired. Light up your creative senses.
Although it may be hard to find time, these ideas don’t have to be hours long. They are simple enough that you can find even five minutes to make them part of your day. You will find it to be so worth it. Your concentration, energy, mood and productivity will thank you for it.
It is often thought that in order for us to accomplish something, it must be done in the quickest way possible, but that isn’t true. You need to step away, and recharge your batteries. If your phone needs it, so do you.
I hope you find these tips helpful! You deserve to rest, so please don’t feel guilty for doing it. Let me know which one you will be trying to add to your daily activities!
Good luck! 🙂
Until next post,
- Jess 🙂