Creating Moments of Temporary Rest
I love love love to drive. Traveling to new or old familiar places is one of my favorite things to do. My husband and I find ourselves out on the road to visit family and friends as much as we can. We grab our travel snacks, great music, some podcast and we’re off. We truly enjoy each other’s company and have lots of conversations about all kinds of things along the way. The journey is just as much fun, as it is being there. I remember when I would travel back home alone from college. I would never stop until I got to my destination. It was somewhat about safety. The other reason for not stopping was just about wanting to get to where I wanted to be. Now that I travel with my husband we sometimes make stops. We get out to stretch out legs take a few pics and keep it moving. Life has changed and now I think it’s okay to pull into the rest area sometimes. It doesn’t mean we won’t get to our destination if we slow it down just a little bit. This thought made me think about how important it is to take breaks in life. We are all on a journey going to different places, at different speeds. If you need to stop and take a break along the way it will be okay. This post will help you learn about simple ways to create rest areas in your life.
Take a nap if you need to. I remember being a child in kinder and wanting to stay up through nap time now I pray for a nap. Taking time to rest is a great way to refresh yourself before you get back in the game. Instead of treating naps as a waste of time see it as a mini refresher before you get going.
Ask for help
Sometimes we need a little help. It’s perfectly okay to ask for help if you need it. When you ask for help you invite support into your life. You can do a lot of stuff on your own but that doesn’t mean you have to. It’s not only asking for the help but receiving it. If someone offers to help you be open to accepting their kindness.
Eat a healthy meal. Take time to sit down and really enjoy a nice meal something light and flavorful or something savory and well-seasoned. These moments of nourishment give a moment of reprieve from your busy nights and days. You need fuel to continue on your journey.
Drop that guilty feeling
Give yourself permission to pull over. Take a break from the quilt and shame that you may be feeling for slowing down a bit and be kind to yourself. You don’t have to be on 10 all the time. Go your own pace. Learning to do what is best for you is so super important. You can take a break if you need to just don’t setup shop and stay there.
Remember you don’t owe anyone anything. You do owe it to yourself to take care of yourself. Pull into the rest areas of life if you need to. Do the things that will build you up and not tear you down. Practice being accountable to yourself. When you make a commitment to yourself life begins to change. Stay focused you never know what is ahead. Although you may not get to every mark as quickly as you would like or the way you would like you are making progress.
Life to me is a journey – you never know what may be your next destination. –David Russell
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