5 Ways to Integrate Necessary Rest Into Your Life
Does time feel like it’s just drifting away? Do you forget what you did just yesterday? Are you constantly filling up your calendar only to find yourself dreading all of the activities and obligations you have scheduled? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m right there with ya!
This month my church launched a teaching series called Airplane Mode which encourages people to make more time for rest in their lives. I know I’m guilty of constantly over-scheduling myself and not prioritizing enough rest in my day to day life. Between work, a social life, and family time, it seems like there’s never enough time for anything! I know firsthand that it can be really hard to balance everything, but I realized that if I don’t give myself time for rest, I won’t be fully present for anything.
In an effort to restore a more calm and balanced life, I’m integrating a few new (and some old) habits that I hope will help you too!
1. Schedule rest.
I know this sounds crazy, but you literally have to schedule rest on your calendar. If you’re finding it hard because of you’ve already scheduled your week, I advise you to let go of one thing this week that doesn’t really align with your purpose or may be distracting you from being present with the ones you love. Once you take this other thing out, you can replace it with one hour of rest. Get a planner or set up a calendar event on your phone to remind yourself to rest!
2. Turn your phone on airplane mode.
This is so important. I understand that there are emergencies and in certain circumstances you just can’t do this. Buuuuuuuuut if you really want to unplug so that you can turn your attention to more important things, turn off the notifications on your phone. About a year ago I turned off email and other notifications so that I didn’t have that constant distraction and it has made all the difference. Think about it, do you really need to hear a ping as soon as you receive an email? If you have a job that you can leave at the end of the day and report back tomorrow, then do just that. Coworkers, friends, and others will notice the boundaries you’re creating and won’t expect you to be available 24/7. It’s quite liberating when you become unavailable.
I don’t always practice what I preach, but I do try to meditate throughout my week. When I carve out the time in the day to meditate it has a huge impact on how I show up, focus, and perform. Many people I talk to have said that they struggle to meditate. I think people are inundated with so many different meditation models out there that it can be hard to choose one that works for them. I can attest to some of the best guided meditations that I’ve done with my beloved yoga teacher, Bee Bosnak. She has meditation classes at oneoeight.com and on her own site, www.beebosnak.com. She also just launched an online course in meditation called STAY (Stillness Through Amplified Yoga). It’s a 7-day meditation journey into understanding the contents of your psyche. I highly recommend that you try Bee’s course or her free 20 minute meditation on her site.
4. Go to bed one hour earlier than normal, one night per week.
If you unplug from the television and your phone at least 30 minutes before bed, it will be easier to fall asleep and sleep more soundly. Instead of scrolling through your phone, grab a good old fashioned book, rub some lavender essential oil on your palms, and set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.
Read more about how I use essential oils here.
5. Learn to say No.
It can be rather difficult to say no to those you love when they’ve always been able to rely on you. I’m not telling you to abandon your friends and family when they need you, but if you’re always showing up for everyone else, you’re likely not showing up for yourself. And by ‘showing up’ I mean taking care of yourself and doing the things that fill your cup. Maybe you’ve always been the party planner/host, or you’re always volunteering to do extra or stay later at work. You have to honor yourself by saying no sometimes. It might even be saying no to a workout even though you promised yourself you’d work out 4 days this week and you only did 3. Give yourself some slack. By resting, you will gain more.
I hope that you can turn some of these habits into routines and find more rest in your busy life. As a culture we thrive on being busy and it has to stop! Try any or all of these tips to integrate more rest into your life. I’m going to take my own advice now.