6 Ways to Take Rest

This may come as no surprise to some of you, but when it comes to taking rest, I’m pretty bad at it. I know and understand the importance of rest days in my workouts, but what about the rest of my life? Just give me a big ol’ F.

I work hard and I enjoy working hard and being busy, but I forget that sometimes it’s okay to be a little “bored” or not do much of anything beside lounge on the couch and binge watch my current Netflix show. Weekends don’t need to be about running ALL the errands, getting in ALL the workouts, and working on blogging AND freelance writing in between the rest of it. Sure, some of those things do need to happen and I also want them to happen, but what about relaxing?

Anytime I’m at the grocery store and the person asks me what my plans are for the weekend, I say, “hopefully just relaxing” but the truth is that there’s actually no relaxing built into my weekend. My plan is to go from the grocery store, drive the 45 minutes home, take a shower, eat lunch and dive into whatever freelance articles are due. I spend my afternoon writing, maybe take a short break or switch gears to a different article before diving into something else. Then Sunday is usually about the same deal but instead of grocery shopping, it’s food prep and instead of morning yoga, it’s evening yoga. These are all great things that I enjoy and they make my week ahead a lot easier, but the point is that I’m tired. Scratch that. I’m exhausted and it hit me like a ton of bricks last week and even more so on Saturday.

I got some feedback from my freelance editors late last week that made me really upset. All is okay now, but I was mad and my feelings were definitely hurt. What I realized more than anything was that I’m not giving myself enough time for me, for the things that I want out of my life, and instead I’m trying to write all the articles to supplement my income so I can feel better about another aspect of my life. This cycle isn’t working. I need to incorporate more rest. This is better for me, my mentality, my emotions, my energy, and also those around me.

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you’re feeling overworked, stressed out, and completely exhausted. If that’s you, and even if it’s not, I hope you feel like today’s post is for you as much as it is for me.

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1. Sleep

I’m sure this sounds obvious, but it’s worth noting nonetheless. When I wake up for my morning workout and my body aches, it’s usually a sign that I need more sleep so I reset my alarm and allow myself to fall back asleep. After yoga on Saturday, I fell asleep post shower with a towel still wrapped around my hair. Saturday night I was in bed for about 11 hours. Sleep, it does a body good.

2. Workout (or don’t.)

As mentioned, if I wake up and my body hurts or feels drained, I choose more sleep over my planned workout, but somedays the workout is just what I need. Running, yoga or a nice leisurely stroll through my neighborhood helps my body as well as my mind.

3. Self care

Self care looks different for everyone. For some it may mean a mani/pedi with your best girl friends, for some it may mean a relaxing aromatherapy massage, and for some it may mean a long hot bath. Regardless of how this looks for you, this is one of the most important things.

4. Read a book

Reading is a form of self care for me but it’s also a good excuse to just sit down in a chair and not move for an hour. The excuse to just stop and be is an absolute must in my book.

5. Talk to friends, family or a specialist

Sometimes what we really need is someone to talk to about our current stressors. This could mean a quick vent session or seeking more guided advice, but if it’ll help you to get out your worries by talking to someone, you’re going to find a lot of rest in this simple act.

6. Journal

Along the same lines as talking to someone, but instead, this is a conversation with yourself and the Universe/God/whatever you believe. We may be surprised what can come from these otherwise simple writings.

I hope you’re able to take a few minutes this week to add a bit more rest and recovery to your week and your life.

What other ways do you choose to rest?

Take rest.

35 thoughts on “6 Ways to Take Rest”

  1. Isn’t it funny that workout would be on this list? No! I totally get that. I am a cranky, moody lady if I do not move a few times a week at the gym. Great post!

    1. It’s such a stress reliever for me! But at the same time, our bodies need a break from it and that’s often what I battle because I love the endorphin high post workout, but definitely need to remember rest days. 😉

  2. These are all great tips. As cliche as it sounds I find taking a nice aromatic bath helps me to rest. I also like taking breaks from working out when I need it, I find when I do that I can go much harder the next time.

    1. Those are great ways to take rest! I’m not a huge fan of baths, but there’s definitely a time and a place for me and it’s been awhile so it may be that time!

  3. I am also guilty of not giving myself time to rest. I have to schedule it in, or else, like you, I’m just “hoping” to get some rest and before I know it, it’s Sunday night and I’m exhausted!

    1. Have you tried audio books? I know it’s not the same but I wonder if it may help you feel a bit of that same feeling while juggling a little baby!

  4. These are all such great suggestions, and we should probably try to do ALL of them. I was feeling stressed out and upset yesterday, and a long walk and a bath helped tremendously. In fact, it was the first time I’d ever used my bathtub, and I’ve lived in this house for FOUR YEARS. It’s crazy how we spend so much time taking care of everyone and everything else, but find no time to take care of ourselves. Thanks for the reminders!

    1. Admittedly, I’m not a huge bath person so I hardly use my tub, but I really need to do it at least from time to time. Soaking with some epsom salts and essential oils just sounds like it would do wonders!

    1. Thanks, friend! 🙂 Working out is my stress relief so it’s hard to remember that it’s still stress on my body and while mentally I may want to, my body may need an extra day off.

    1. I am really trying to get myself to read at night. I had a really good habit for awhile and somehow broke the practice!

  5. Yes! Rest is so important, and unfortunately so hard to find time for. We have been so busy lately that I’ve just felt like there’s been no time for rest. But finally, a couple of weeks ago I was home on a Sunday and decided I wanted a sleep in. So I managed to sit in bed and read a book until 3pm! I couldn’t believe it. LOL. Then we had dinner plans, but I was so happy to just have those few hours to relax and rest 🙂

    1. It works for some, but definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. For me, I really enjoy gratitude journaling at the end of the night vs trying to journal about my day which just seems so overwhelming sometimes.

  6. Lovely inspiration 🙂 with a whole heap of different stresses lately this is a great help, I’ll be following every single one of these suggestions! I particularly like the self care one, that’s so important yet easily forgotten…

    1. I really want to be better about taking a break from my phone. The times when I put it in the other room to charge are so freeing!

  7. Rest is such an essential thing for self care most definitely. I know I need to incorporate it more. It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the business we have to just take a break.

  8. Wonderful advice, Katie. Your weekend is similar to mine, as there is always food prep to be done and grocery shopping and social events and freelance/blog writing. There never seems to be enough time for it all. I’m going to heed this advice and allow myself the chance to say no to certain obligations every now and them

    <3

    And always a pleasure to be in your home, momma. Xoxo

  9. You don’t know me, I don’t know you (other than reading your blog!) but…this is me. So me. And I’m TERRIBLE at exercise rest days, too. I get so, so antsy when I don’t move by doing something at least everyday. I do try to take it easier a few days a week, but… it’s hard. And then, at home and at work I am always Doing All The Things. I find that plugging in my phone after dinner – showering – and then reading on the couch for an hour is the perfect wind-down for me. And it’s my favorite time of the day. 🙂

    1. Anne, you need to know that your comment totally made my day when I read it! haha “You don’t know me, I don’t know you” haha Welcome, friend! I’m so glad you’re here! 🙂 Also, I should just leave my phone in a different room as I’m sure that would help a lot!

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