Are You A Rest Resister?

Everything I read about a balanced life
stresses the importance of rest.

Really?
Rest?
Just the thought of rest stresses me out!

I’m too busy to REST!

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Depending on the season, I have a family to take care of, kids to shuttle, pets to clean up after, a house to run, meals to plan, groceries to buy, food to prepare, laundry to wash, dry, fold, iron and put away.  I have a full time job, meetings to attend, cars to maintain, books to read, a blog to write and a sidewalk to shovel.

I don’t have time to rest!

Sound familiar?

I’m sure it does.
The fact is, that you need to rest as much as you need to breathe.

Truth be told,
REST IS WORK FOR ME!

I come from a long line of over achieving women who made multitasking an art form.
Rest isn’t something that comes naturally to me.
When I think about rest, something inside me seizes up.
Somewhere in my conditioning, I started to equate rest with laziness, weakness, and wasted time.

So untrue.

Sleep specialist Dr. Matthew Edlund believes it’s vital to build times of rest into your daily life.
Rest is medically defined as a person’ s state of repose.
It simply means to cease from work or activity.
But in today’s society, most of us don’t know the meaning of rest and don’t know how to rest.
In fact, most of us boast about how busy we are!

Lest you use this need for rest as an excuse to binge watch Netflix,
I am sorry to say that rest is NOT vegging out in front of the television.
According to Dr. Edlund, TV viewing does allow for a degree of cellular renewal,
but the brain will still be buzzing – indeed, studies show that in some patient’s,
more energy is used up watching TV than when the brain is performing tasks. 

What does restorative rest look like?

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For me, the easiest rest is making time to socialize with friends. Having conversations about real life.
Simply enjoying their company.

Other forms of rest are found by establishing a quiet time of 10-15 minutes a day to just listen for God to speak to me. Or time spent in prayer.

It’s being quiet, dreaming, visualizing pleasant scenarios, enjoying good music or taking a nap.

A Greek study showed that a 30-minute nap at least three times a week cuts your risk of heart attack by 37%, and a NASA study found a nap of 26 minutes could improve work performance on some tasks by 38%. 

Who knew?

Rest can make you more alert and effective,
reduce stress levels and
give you a better chance of a healthier and longer life.
Rest refreshes and rejuvenates you!

What’s your best rest plan?
As a rest resister, I need all the suggestions I can get!
I’d love to hear your idea.

Scripture Refresher:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV)

Prayer: God, you know the pace I keep to serve you and serve others. Remind me that you are able to get everything done that needs to be done, and as I trust and follow you, teach me how to work and rest. Restore me so that I can be who you made me to be.