We live in a fast paced world where standing still and doing nothing seems like a sin.
Everything is moving fast. We push ourselves to the max, to do more, achieve more, work harder, stay up later, wake up earlier, walk faster, eat faster, socialise more, network more, make more money, buy more stuff.
But the more we do, the more we possess and consume, the less time we have to be ourselves and the more tired we become. We are like hamsters running on a hamster wheel – full of movement but going nowhere. And at the end of the day, we are tired and burnt out.
The question is: DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO REST?
Many of us do not give ourselves permission to rest. And I’d say, this is especially true for women.
Women are multi-taskers. We wear so many hats and juggle so many balls in the air, trying hard not to drop any.
The expectations we place upon ourselves far exceed those placed on us by our spouses, children, employers and society.
Are you feeling tired and worn out today?
Will you give yourself permission to rest?
In our hectic and busy life, resting may seem counter-productive. With so many responsibilities and people calling out for our attention, it can be a challenge to just put aside everything and rest.
But the truth is, if we do not rest, we will burn out.
Even if you can’t take an entire week off to rest, you can find some time to do these little things for yourself.
Here are 10 ways you can rest and recharge in your busy, hectic, crazy lifestyle:
1. Play soothing background music at the end of a hectic day.
I personally enjoy Jim Brickman’s instrumental music such as these.
2. Take a warm bath.
If you do not have a bathtub, a warm shower does wonders too!
3. Get in touch with nature.
Take a walk at the beach, a park or go for a jog around the reservoir. Be immersed in the wonders of nature.
4. Bring the kids along to get in touch with nature.
If you have no one to babysit the kids, bring them along to get in touch with nature and watch them play. Kids in nature are magical. Watching my kids interact and play with nature never fails to give me a sense of bliss.
5. Do something you enjoy, even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
Read a book, give yourself a facial, watch a comedy, connect with friends… Anything that makes you feel alive again!
6. Get off social media.
Sometimes, scrolling through newsfeeds and social media can be draining, especially if you come across negative updates or tragic news.
7. Paint, do art or something creative.
I find painting therapeutic. When I am really stressed out, I find that painting helps to relieve me mentally. If you have no idea what to paint, try your hands on one of those painting-by-number canvases!
8. Sit back and relax on the sofa, with a cup of hot beverage.
For me, that has got to be coffee. It is my go-to stress reliever.
9. Take a nap.
Sleep is a luxury that many mothers do not have. If you’re really surviving on little sleep, give yourself an hour at least during the week to catch up on your zzzs. There is nothing to feel guilty about to take a nap!
10. Learn to say no without feeling guilty.
Sometimes, just saying ‘No’ to certain events, people and schedules will help you regain a sense of balance in your life. Do so without feeling guilty!
You only live once.
Live your life to the fullest, but take time out to recharge when needed.
You will find that you are going to be more productive after a rest.