Who else feels like they are scrambling through each day and failing at all the things right now? I started a business to feel free, to feel empowered, to create my own schedule. The problem is, I'm a workaholic and this benefits no one. Rest is something I need and I have to make a change now. Unfortunately, this won’t just change overnight due to wishful thinking. So, I'm cleaning up and changing a few things about our routine to help me create and appreciate more down time.
Clean and organize our home. We recently cleaned out our kitchen island and hutch. Two places where we have a lot of storage BUT neither have been touched since I left my full time job almost three years ago. Yikes. I believe a clean home helps me think clearer. If I’m looking and living in a home that’s simplified, it inspires me to rest and focus on my kids.
Schedule intentional "downtime.” I feel like if I don't write it down and block off the time, it's never going to happen. So, I've shifted around my schedule to make time for me. Time to reflect, time to read, and time to create with the kids. No! It’s not selfish, it’s necessary.
Work out. I know, I know. Everyone says it and most of us don't like to be pushed to do it, but I got a membership to a gym a couple of months ago. I make myself go at least three times a week. I get up at 5 a.m. and I love it. Honestly, I started because I was trying to get back into pre-baby clothes, but then it turned into going just to help with my mental health. My mind is so much stronger each day when I make the time to focus on my body and move my muscles. I may not be losing record amounts of weight but physically I am stronger and I am happier. Making a point to schedule this time for myself allows me to rest later in the day. Waking up early may not seem like something restful, but it's the calmest I feel all day.
Each one of these things seems so miniscule in the scheme of each busy day, but after making these three things a priority for my time, I've already seen a difference in my attitude and most importantly, in my relationship with my husband and kids.
When I started thinking about rest, I began with what was causing me the most stress. I knew if I channeled my attention and made a conscious decision to change something about each of those things, I would see results and find the rest I so craved.
I've attached a free printable to challenge you to seek ways that you can create time for yourself to rest. So print off this list, fill it out, and seek stillness amidst the busyness your life. Your mind, body, and heart will thank you!