“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”- Anne Lamott
After periods where we endure long work hours and what seems like unending toil, we must seek rest or risk burnout. With the summer season comes opportunities for rest in our daily lives. Rest transforms us to physically, emotionally, and spiritually centered beings again. Above all, periods of rest help us to be the best versions of ourselves in the workplace, in our social groups and families, and in our communities.
In practical terms, rest comes when we turn the world off for just a moment in order to reset our minds. This can be done by going without electronics for a day, spending time soaking in the presence of loved ones, or spending a day doing things just for the fun of them, not because they have some sort of work value to them. Use these summer, sunshine-filled months to restore your body, soul, mind, and spirit.
For those of us who can’t seem to find time to rest, even in the summer, it is essential to implement little breaks into the workweek, even if those breaks are short. Your body and soul need it more than anything. Take five minutes a day to rest in prayer or perhaps diffuse a calming essential oil, like lavender, to create a peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom or office space. Give yourself one day a week to put your own well-being before all of the people and tasks that distract you from finding true rest.
How do you obtain repose after or during seasons of busyness? Dialogue with me in the comment section below and let me know.