LIFE IN BALANCE- Rest is not an optionAdeshola Ezeokoli
Do you rest?
No, I am not talking about working yourself into the ground and falling asleep, stuporous on your sofa. I read a book on leadership by Reverend Nolan McCants and ironically, the first chapter is on rest!
In today’s crazy world, with busy schedules, school, work, home, marriage, children, church, volunteer commitments etc, how do we get ourselves some rest?
1. Not an option: Rest is not just another option. It is compulsory. If you are over scheduled, but all means, “schedule” some rest into your busy day! You need time to relax an unwind, free from physical and mental exertion.
2. Daily: Try to carve out 1 hour a day to rest( not sleeping) and relax. It depends on your schedule. It may be after work, during a lunch break( not a working lunch). You will feel refreshed and able to carry on your activities.
3. Weekly: Give yourself a day off. Do not feel guilty. It is important to have a day to rejuvenate and let your hair down. I sometimes have a pajama day where I stay in pajamas all day long so that I don’t get tempted to leave the house! 😛
4. Vacations: They do not have to be expensive. Short trips, staycations, “vacations” to visits family; time off work just to putter around the house- these all help you to rest and recoup your strength. After a long stretch of being busy( where your daily and weekly rest times were sacrificed on the altar of “busyness”) you should try to find time, as the budget allows, to take a break for a few days.
5. Avoid clutter: Using your rest periods to do more work is not resting. So even if you are not “at work” and you are at home scrubbing floors(unless scrubbing floors is a hobby of yours), just realize that is not rest. Value and protect your downtime. Of course, in the case of a true emergency, all bets are off. The shoe sale is not and emergency 🙂
6. Planning: With more careful planning of our day, week, month or year, we should be able to make time for rest periods. Do not let life just happens to you. Take charge. Do not live from one emergency to another, like some sort of crisis manager.
If you are thinking, does she take her own advice, my truthful answer is not always :). I do find however that when I take time to rest, I am better company, have fewer headaches, and I do not get burnt out so quickly.
So I too am learning to take better care of myself by getting rest, and not feeling guilty about it.
Life in balance