Lessons in Learning to Rest with Renewed Daily
I'm not naturally good at resting.
It sounds silly to say but as a recovering workaholic, I find myself needing to learn how to better rest and refuel almost daily. I've tried taking mini creative retreats every few seasons and making tweaks to my everyday creative routine, but I've quickly realized that rest a constant muscle we need to build as creatives.
So how do we rest?
That's the million dollar question, isn't it? There's a few ways to look at rest. The most common is in regards to deep sleep (hey, everyone loves a good nap!) but we're talking about another kind of rest.
We're talking about rest for the creative soul, for the people who run themselves ragged to consistently pour into others and often find themselves needing to take a step back before completely burning out. Sound like you? We had a feeling...
There are a few key ways to start prioritizing rest:
Set boundaries for yourself.
This means learning when to say "yes" and a difficult but necessary "no" to all opportunities that come your way. Trust me, it does get easier with practice. Start by making a Yes/No list of all the things in the season are going to be accepted or cast aside. If you want to learn more on this exercise, sign up for my free journal prompt library.
Actually stick to your boundaries.
Ugh. This is the hardest part. Luckily with creating a Yes/No list, you have something to refer back to as opportunities flow in. This can also look like penciling in some well-deserved "me" time into your calendar and making sure you don't overlap any other events or deadlines with this time. It's just as important to have that time on your own as it is to spend it with those you love!
Don't let others influence your priorities.
It can be easy to get caught up with what others are prioritizing and put ourselves in a funk because we don't have the same priorities. This is totally okay! Your path is unlike anyone else's so it's important to remember what drives YOU. Also, if rest looks like binging a Netflix show or taking an afternoon siesta, go for it! No one said it had to look like bubble baths or luxurious facials.
So what does sustainable rest look like?
Here are a few ways I like to make time for rest that may help you in your own journey:
- unplugging on the weekends so you can be fully present with my family and friends
- take a stroll or run (if you're into that sort of thing, *wink*) in a nearby park or even around your neighborhood
- putting the phone away while you're out with friends and family (except for selfie time, ha!)
- reading a book solely for pleasure (my favorites are spiritual memoirs and poetry)
- spending an afternoon to watch reruns of your favorite TV show when you want to unwind (aka not think)
- explore a new area of your town and find hidden gems you can't wait to return to
- get lost in a new art form you've always wanted to try like painting, photography, ceramics, etc.
- create a vision board for your life that helps you get back to the dreamy stage
- call an old friend on the phone and catch up like old times
- ... and as you can see, the possibilities are endless!
how will you make room for more rest in your everyday life?
Rest is WAY too important to ignore.
It's not something that happens overnight but rather strengthens over time the more you practice good, real rest.
So pencil in that date with rest today.
Your creativity will thank you!
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