“If you are tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banksy.
Resting and quitting are not the same thing, though our society often sends us the message that they are. Rest is necessary. Rest is rejuvenating. Rest is a valuable part of life. Resting is actually the opposite of quitting – it is filling you up so that you can accomplish your goals. So do it. It is okay to take a break (long or short) from the demands of life. Your body will thank you for it. Your emotional well being will thank you for it. Your family, friends, and colleagues will notice your improved disposition and your better attention to tasks.
4 Lessons to keep in mind: Lesson #1 – no one will tell you to take a break, you just have to take one. Lesson #2 – people will usually help you IF YOU ASK. Lesson #3 – let go of guilt – you can’t do everything all the time. Lesson #4 – it will be okay – disaster will not strike because you took some time out.
So you need some rest, and you need a break, but how can you actually get one? You have a very busy life. No worries. Rest breaks can be short or long. They are meant to be refreshing, not something else added to your to do list. Here are some suggestions that will lesson stress and lead to rest:
1. Breathe. Remember three good things in your life.
2. Pray – overwhelmed? Lift it up to a higher power.
3. Stop and walk away. (It’s okay to hide out in the bathroom quietly or step out on the porch alone.)
4. Control your to do lists. (When I reach 10 things on a list, I throw the list away and make a shorter one.)
5. Laugh! Laughter relaxes your whole body.
6. Hang out with your pets; they make you laugh. Cuddle up for a nap together.
7. Say no. (There is actually someone else who WANTS to do the thing that you don’t want to do.)
8. Tell your partner and ask for help so you can rest.
9. Play music that expresses your feelings or how you want to feel.
10. Sleep. Nap. Go to bed earlier. Rested body = rested mind = ready for the day.
Rest is doing something. It is not doing nothing. So if you’re tired, rest.