After the New Year, I wrote about promises. To ourselves and others. This month I focus on the promise of rest.
Remember being a kid during the summer? We would do nothing for hours or do something that felt like nothing because it was so undemanding. We would move through each day with play and fun or pass idle moments without a care. We did not fill every waking thought with to-do lists, and we would (gasp) complain of being bored.
We would relax. We would rest.
In a modern world of non-stop everything and endless responsibility, it becomes almost impossible to pause. Life and its demands do not stop for longer, sunnier, blue sky days.
We need to create pockets of downtime, force ourselves to rest.
For some, it is a few quiet moments reading at the end of the day when everyone else has gone to bed. For others, it may be found rocking in a chair with a hot cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. The good news? There is no wrong way and there are countless ways to find peace. To begin, discover what part needs the most attention.
The most obvious need comes from our physical selves. We know the signs of physical exhaustion and can easily solve it by getting much needed sleep. Of course the best solution is to follow a structured schedule where we routinely go to bed and rise at the same times each day. Doing this trains our bodies to adapt during the day without the need for naps, caffeine, sugar, or other temporary and unhealthy fixes. Make this the summer you get quality rest every night so you can make the best of every day.
Not sure how much sleep you need? Find the ideal amount at Sleep Needs.
It never stops. The notifications, the texts, the to-do’s and don’ts. Thanks to ever-present technology and daily demands, we cannot catch a break. Our brains are in overdrive due to excess information coming from our devices, work, family, home, school, church, and more. It is an easy trap to fall in: the need to stay updated on everything and everyone. But the fear of missing out and desire to stay on top of every detail not only overwhelms but hurts our health. Make this the summer you rest your mind and shift focus to what matters.
Wondering how to free your thoughts? Try these simple tasks at How to Settle the Mind.
To many, the spirit is elusive, a mysterious known yet unknown thing. It is in the difficulty of definition that we find it hard to give it the attention it needs. The answers are simple, however. For though the spirit is unique to all, it is easy to pinpoint whatever brings the greatest joy. When we do something that feeds our spirit, we get a sense of feeling balanced, content, and perhaps even complete. It can come in any form – reading, gardening, prayer, mediation, music, dance, writing, etc.
When you have found yours, you will know it. And when you know it, engage in it. As often as possible.
For it is the spirit that does not necessarily need to rest but be reassured. It needs us to tend it and when we do, it will nourish every other part of our lives. Make this the summer you do more of whatever makes your heart happy.
Need some help? Learn how to Take Care of Your Spirit.
My go to? A simple 10 minute morning meditation. Meditation does not have to be some complicated, time consuming process. It can be as simple as tapping into our senses while sitting still in a quiet setting. I like it because it declutters my mind, pauses my body, and replenishes my spirit while leaving me focused and ready for the day.
The internet is full of information about the mind, body, and spirit. I encourage you to educate yourself with reputable and trusted sources. The options are endless! Find visual video techniques. Read tips and tricks on health sites. Discover a positivity blog like Inspired Me, Joyful Be :). There is something for everyone. Begin now and I guarantee that the ‘rest’ will fall into place.