Most of us moms are busy and we say so. And it's true, we're learning how to make choices in an age of information overload. When to intake, what to intake, how much to intake…the day seems endless and we're told that rest is pivotal in our current culture. Today's health professionals are reiterating what David penned in song…
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
But how do we accomplish this within the confines and demands of a single day? Today we're pausing to creatively manage our time and discuss 10 ways to maximize moments of rest. These ideas are designed to simply remind us to take the time to be still.
1. Enjoy a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage without any accompanying digital devices.
Simply choosing to slow down long enough to enjoy refreshment for a few minutes is rejuvenating.
2. Begin the day with quiet time with God.
Yes, this can be challenging with little ones, I know. As soon as they hear a peep, their feet hit the floor. One strategy I've used over the years is to pray and read before I even get out of bed.
3. Pause between loads of laundry or other daily housework, schoolwork, or work and just breathe.
A few deep breaths are cleansing for body, mind, and spirit.
4. Take advantage of those moments of waiting that happen throughout the day and close your eyes for just a few minutes if you can.
Waiting in the parking lot? Rest your eyes for a few moments. Placed on hold while on the phone? Just take a moment to close your eyes.
5. Stand up tall and stretch, then sit down in your favorite chair for 5 minutes.
If I've been moving at a fast pace all day, then I often will use the timer to make this happen.
6. Take a moment to do something that encourages rest.
Whether this is 5 minutes of reading, playing a musical instrument, no matter the activity, change your pace, slow down, relax.
7. Rest while travelling.
If someone else is responsible for driving or logistics, then take a moment to close your eyes and pray. I often do this when my husband is driving. (not because of his skills, just because I can. J )
8. Stop and listen to your environment.
When the room contains a lot of noise, this can be overwhelming, even if you are accustomed to it. Focus on one pleasant sound and be thankful for it in the moment of rush. My little girls and I will often talk about the birds in the spring and giggle at the conversations we pretend they are having.
9. Remember that you don't have to close your eyes to pray.
God loves to have ongoing conversations with his children and prayer always brings rest.
10. Laughter brings joy, which yields peace and rest.
Basking in the presence of restful moments throughout the day can prevent the escalation of overwhelming feelings. When the opportunity to rest is before you, seize it and train yourself to be still. You'll be glad you did!
Which one of the ideas above is one that you want to embrace? And do you have ideas to share that have helped you be more at rest? We'd love it if you'd share them with our community!
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