Sabbath on the Self-Care Boat

Greetings on this lovely Monday aboard the Self-Care Boat! How did it go with your two weeks of exercising?  Did you get out there and MOVE IT or did you sit on your couch and SIT IT while watching the USA Olympians move it?  You can be honest.  At least you were inspired by watching those athletes reach their goals after a lot of hard work and determination, right?

I’ve spent the past week thinking about the importance of REST and so, tonight, I’m sending you a self-care challenge that seems so obvious and YET, we don’t do it enough.

What’s the challenge for this week?

This week, I am asking you to REST!

Here’s an excerpt about rest from a book I’m currently reading called “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist:

“This is what I call fake-resting.  I’m wearing pajamas.  The kids are watching cartoons, snuggling under blankets, eating waffles.  Aaron’s reading or sleeping.  It looks like I’m resting, too.  But I’m not.  I’m ticking down an endless list, sometimes written, always mental, getting things back into their right spots, changing the laundry, wiping down the countertops…

So I fake-rested on Saturday, and then again on Sunday.  The kids and Aaron napped.  They played with Legos and went to bed early.  They watched movies and ate leftover pumpkin pie.  And I caught up on emails and ordered Christmas presents and cleaned out a closet and started packing for an upcoming trip. 

I fake-rested instead of real-rested and then I found that I was real-tired.  It feels ludicrous to be a grown woman, a mother, still learning how to rest. But here I am, baby-stepping to learn something kids know intuitively.

Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for resting your body and your soul.  And part of being an adult is learning to meet your own needs, because when it comes down to it, with a few exceptions, no one else is going to do it for you.”

Maybe we should invite Shauna on the Self-Care Boat!

Self-Care passengers, may I ask you to take time to rest this week?  Maybe you declare 8pm the time that you no longer do anything productive around the house and just relax!  Maybe “rest” sounds boring to you and so finding a relaxing activity that is life-giving to you could count as “rest”.  Whatever you do,  please designate some time for resting and refreshing because that is self-care!

Steven Mast