Today was a holiday from school. Ever since we’ve added a sixth member to our family, I’ve been conscious about rest. Not just about sleep, but about relaxing and staying away from screens and restoring my soul.
I hope it doesn’t take a major life change for you to consider the importance of rest too. In times of stress (hello educators!) rest and relaxation are essential to helping us be the best teachers possible. Now I’m sure the way rest looks for me will be different than it looks for you. Still, I wanted to share some of the ways I’m buffering my soul.
- I’m spending time in the kitchen. This is fun for me, and it makes my family happy too. I like trying new recipes. I like making sweet treats. I like it even more when little hands help me. Right now the smell of ginger is filling our home from these. Maybe the kitchen isn’t the place you love, but find your place and spend some time there.
- I’m turning off my computer. It is overwhelming for me to try to keep up online. Although I deeply miss many of my friends and connections, I’ve had to put some boundaries around my computer time. Less neck aches, less head aches all because of less screen time.
- I’m exercising and eating berries. Although I’m not logging miles for jogs like I was, I’m still moving and this is a very good thing. Plus blueberries and red raspberries are making their way into my day again. Little things make a big difference.
- I’m getting up earlier. Those who know me are probably shaking their heads because I used to be a very early riser. Now I’m a very very early riser. I like the morning time, a time all to myself where I read scripture, read books, write in my notebook, drink coffee, and am beginning to clack words on the screen again. I’m letting the hope of possibility stir me.
- I pause. I’m reminding myself that there is time. Everything does not have to be done right now. More importantly, everyone does not have to rushed or corralled or herded at this very moment or the world will stop spinning. It’s okay for us all to slow down and breathe.
I’m not sure what rest looks like for you, but I’m hoping you’ll take some time to consider it. What can you do to restore yourself? The best way to take care of others is by taking care of yourself — even if you feel as though you don’t have time.