The great thing about this summer was staying home with my dogs, working on this blog, keeping my house in order, and taking care of myself and my baby. It was an easy summer. However, I have to admit that some days I felt a little lazy and wondered if I should have kept my summer job-even though I hated it-instead of staying home. Yes, I can earn a little money online, but is it really right for me to stay home whenever my husband is at work all day? Sure, it was only a month or two and I was right back to work, but did I make the right choice?
What would you have done in my situation?
Most days, I was up at 6:30 with Brian and working by 7. I usually gave myself a long lunch break and on the days I felt sick I allowed myself to take a nap. Some days, I cleaned the house and other days I let it go. Each and every day I let myself day dream about our baby and get a little side tracked planning out our nursery, searching for the perfect name for him, or reading every article that my baby app suggested.
This summer I let myself take a break. Sure, I could have survived a summer job or forced myself to type 8 hours a day no matter what, but I didn’t. I let myself take a break and I think I made the right choice.
As a matter of fact, I think that everyone deserves a break every now and then. Just take a look at Matthew 11:28, ‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.’ Of course the flip side of this verse is a command to work diligently. I believe that I have done that in working on this blog and caring for my family, but that little bit of rest has been nice.
Rest Gives You Focus
Your body was not made to run at full speed all the time. Nor was your mind made to race day and night. Work hard first, but find time to give yourself a break. I was lucky to have the summer off, but I know that it’s not something that everyone can do. Find a time that works for you. Whether it be an evening home alone, a night out with friends, a quick getaway, or a vacation with your family. Give yourself a break.
Taking a break gave me time to think about what I was doing and where my life was going. One thing that I had time to focus on this summer was prayer. I needed to find a devotional book that worked for me and would keep me focused on prayer again. I finally found one that I liked and focusing on prayer has made a huge difference in my life. But then again, I post about prayer and its life-changing abilities all the time, so you probably expected me to say that!
It also gave me time to figure out where this blog was going. Instead of throwing a post together at the last minute, I thoughtfully planned out content, created my first email course, and figured out where this blog is going. Overworking yourself stunts creativity. You have to take a break and think about where you want to go next if you are going to be successful.
Rest Makes You More Productive
You might think that rest will result in getting less work done, but actually you will get more done in the long run. This is because you need to take care of yourself first before you can save the world. As a wife and mom, you pour into your children and husband constantly, but if you are empty, how can you fill them up? No rest leads to a more tired you. Care for yourself first and then you’ll be able to care for others.
Rest clears your mind and reduces your stress level. Once you return to work after a break your mind will be fresh and ready to take on new challenges.
Rest Restores Your Soul
Rest is refreshing. It rejuvenates your soul and reminds you of why you do what you do. Through rest you allow yourself to be vulnerable to the fact that you aren’t capable of doing everything. You need help and the only one who can sustain you is God. Rest puts who you are and who God is into perspective and it allows God time to feed you spiritually.
God’s rest is something that you do not want to miss out on. It’s the best thing for you really.
Now, realistically, how am I going to find time for rest?
I get it. You are busy! Maybe you are a mom of little ones and you are needed 24 hours a day. How will you make time for rest? Maybe you are building am online empire and you are currently working 12 hours a day and still barely paying the bills. Maybe you are struggling to run your household and you don’t feel like you deserve a break.
But here’s the truth.
You deserve a break and you need a break! Now, if you ever want to turn that break into a reality, then you need to make it a priority. Schedule downtime into your busy day. Leave the kids with your husband and go out by yourself. Turn off your laptop and phone and just rest. Make ‘me time’ a priority.
During your rest, get rid of distractions like your phone, facebook, etc. and just focus on yourself. Do something that you like to do. Anything is fine as long as it give you time to reflect and recharge.
What Exactly is Rest?
Rest looks different for everyone. For me, it could be a walk in the park on a sunny day with my dogs, or a nap in our room with the fan blowing and my salt lamp glowing. For some it could be a weekend getaway and for others it may be five minutes of reading that new magazine that came in the mail without interruptions. Maybe it’s a spa day or maybe just a bubble bath at home.
Wherever you find rest, go there.
Rest doesn’t make you lazy, it’s mean that you are wise! You work hard and you need to take care of yourself, now get out there and make a little time for yourself!
How do you make time for rest? What do you like to do during your rest time?