Life keeps us very busy most of the time and there is nothing wrong with that but we do need to remember to take time to rest, relax and rejuvenate!
I live a very active lifestyle. I go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week doing various group fitness classes and cardio so I know how important it is to have rest days. When you are actively working out our bodies need to time retreat so that the muscles can repair themselves in order to prevent injury. Here is an article that explains why rest days are just as important as working out.
I also believe it is important for us to give our minds a rest so I like to have mental health days. I refrain from any type of activity that could cause me stress. Here is an article that outlines 8 signs that you need a mental health day. Our psychological needs are just as important as our physical needs. As women, we can find it so hard to actually STOP and take a break – especially when we lead very busy lives. Work, motherhood, marriage, ministry, school, study – they all take up so much of our time and have a massive affect on our mental health. I also give my children mental health days where they stay home from school and we stay in our pjs all day, play games, watch TV, play iPads, veg out, lay down and relax. Children need a break from the stressors of life just like we do.
My favourite way to relax is to read a good book, watch a Christian movie, a sermon, a favourite TV show or have a bath. It is quite difficult for me to have baths these days because I get interrupted by tiny people lol I’ve tried to have one at night time but between a baby and toddler someone is always bound to wake up and I’m left running down the hallway dripping water all over the carpet whilst trying to wrap a towel around me!! When I do get a chance to have a bath I like to use candles, lamps, bubbles or Radox Muscle Sooth bath salts. It relaxes my body and my mind. I put on some nice relaxing music and just chill out. My most favourite thing to do to relax is to spend time with God – through prayer, reading the Bible, doing some Bible Study, journaling or reading a devotional. I also love Scripture Writing where I focus on a particular topic and find bible verses relating to it and do something similar to Scrapbooking in my journal.
This is what soothes, as well as strengthens my soul and spirit.
There are many things that you can do and there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to taking time out for yourself. It has to be something that you enjoy doing and something that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Think of things that will cause you little-no stress. Some days things will work better than others for example, I can watch a movie or a sermon when Shayla and RJ are at school, Ava is at Pre School and Jona is asleep because my chances of being interrupted are slim to none however, it would be a big mistake for me to try and watch a movie on our family rest day, Saturday, because you can guarantee I will be interrupted by my darlings asking for something. So just be mindful that the activity you choose suits the regular routine.
Some examples of relaxing activities can include:
- Colouring In (there are now great adult colouring books that help you relax and de-stress)
- Having a bath
- Having a nap (yes please!)
- Eating some chocolate
- Watching a movie
If you have a regular rest and relaxation routine I would love to hear what it is.
What do you do to take time out for yourself?
How do you rejuvenate your mind, body and soul?