Ah, rest… something we all need yet don’t always get enough of.
Finding time for rest has always been a theme for me. Yet now I find myself thinking about it more than I usually do.
I have what I would call a very “people-intensive” job. It’s enough to easily wear out a less extroverted person, and I oftentimes don’t want to talk to anyone else when I come home from work. We just crossed over what I would consider the peak of the season. It can be an intense time, but we all know it doesn’t last forever.
I know you all have your times too. Those times where you are maxed out and just don’t have any more energy to deal with life in general. This is your bodies call for rest…
We all have a need for physical rest as well as mental rest, and some would even say spiritual rest. There are many types of rest. And to keep ourselves from reaching that maxed out point we need to find ways to incorporate more rest into our lives.
Here are some ways we can do just that…
- Get our sleep – This is one of the most obvious yet seemingly hardest ones to do. They key is to establish a solid routine and don’t break from it. Speaking for myself, I get up early all week and then try to sleep in on the weekends. It just doesn’t work for me. I always end up getting up early anyhow cause my body is trained to do that. When it comes to sleep it is better to stick to a good routine.
- Try breathing exercises – These can benefit you by giving you a sense of calm and peace. They have also been proven to reduce stress hormones in the body. Just doing a minute or two of breathing exercises periodically throughout the day will drastically improve your ability to rest.
Limit your obligations – This is the one I have been trying to work on a lot lately. It can be hard to achieve a balance, but it does come down to priorities. And having what some people call “me time” is not a selfish thing to do, but a wise thing. You can’t do much good for others when you are worn down yourself. Think about what your obligations are in life, and eliminate the ones that don’t make sense. Don’t feel bad about it either. You only have so much time and energy. Concentrate it, instead of spreading it out! I guarantee you will both feel better and achieve more.
Make rest a priority – Rest won’t “happen” unless you make it a priority. I’m not sure why we have the need to fill our schedules to the max, yet we do. When you look at the big picture of things it just doesn’t make sense. I’m sure some of your best memories are times when you weren’t doing much of anything. Think about that for a second. Hmmmm, am I right? Schedule some time for rest in your already maxed out schedule and I am sure you will have a much better life for it.
What are some other ideas you have for getting more rest? I would love to hear them in the comments!