We are unable to necessarily STOP what we are doing, but we can learn to rest.
Rest can mean many things:
1. Actually sleep more.
I remember a time when I lived on 4-5 hours of sleep a night, or less. I worked multiple jobs, attempted to be a good wife and mother, stayed active in organizations, and I wanted to be the friend everyone could count on. I thought I could do it all - and I did for a long time. I was my own version of Super Girl, rushing off to do everything and help everyone regardless of how it was affecting me. At some point, I realized I couldn't please or help everyone and I would have to say 'NO' once in awhile.
You have to take time to literally recharge your own batteries; body, mind, and spirit. Sacrifice that extra episode of 'Orange is the New Black' during the week and go to bed earlier. Your body will thank you. Take your first five minutes in the morning to meditate, set your intention, and be thankful. Your mind will thank you. Smile at others and greet them, even if you don't know them. Your body will thank you by giving you added endorphins.
2. Schedule 'YOU' Time
Life is busy and hectic. Look at your schedule the beginning of each week and mark down time for yourself, NO MATTER WHAT! Only you know what you truly need, it could be ten minutes to pick up your favorite food after a long week, 30 minutes to work out or read a few chapters in a book, an hour to meet a friend for lunch. Whatever it is, make sure you prioritize you - no matter how large or small that time might be from week to week. It will give you something to look forward to as your week progresses.
3. Set Goals
Take time to set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goals. Think bucketlist but EXTRA; career, travel, financial, health - whatever you write down is fine. Review your goals often, think about how you can achieve them and keep pushing forward. When I rest, I dream about the goals on my list and thus turn my rest into creating goals to keep going.
And that is really the point, we all need to take a break and rest. Maybe you need to walk away from a project for a bit because you are stumped. Okay, but rest, realign your goals, and get back to it. You can't live your dreams unless you are taking time to both dream and work for your dreams.
Charmaine N. Houck
Advocate of Adventure