Have you seen that tweet that talks about how adult life is equivalent to when you fell on the trampoline as a kid and everyone around you kept jumping so you couldn’t get up? I FELT that. There is so much happening in my life right now that I feel like I hardly have time to sit down most days! Finishing up school, working, maintaining relationships and honestly just navigating through the everyday aspects of being in existence can feel like too much at times!! If you’re anything like me then you know it can be hard to allow yourself time to rest. Lately I’ve felt so much guilt any time I do something that I feel is keeping me from whatever else I have to be doing. But you know what God has been teaching me? We have to rest, too!
(This was unplanned but I literally shut my laptop and took a nap after writing the first paragraph of this post. I have to practice what I preach OBVIOUSLY.)
I’m pretty certain we all know the story of how God created the earth in seven days. We all know that he rested on the last day. But really think about that for a second. The Lord rested. Saw that everything was good and said, “nice, I’m gonna chill for a sec” (or something along those lines). The creator of the universe knew that rest was important. He knew that we would need time to rest, too. Life is chaotic and busy and tiring, but if the Lord doesn’t expect us to be going all hours of the day, why would we expect that of ourselves?
Sometimes it’s really necessary to just slow down for a second, take a breath and remind myself that I am okay. Life is busy, but it’s okay. I have things to do, but I’ll get them done. The Lord knows we need rest and he wants us to rest. He even says that he’ll give us the rest we need.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28
We all need it. Practice taking some time to rest. Here are some ideas of things you can do to unwind:
Get coffee with a friend. Spend time talking, laughing and taking focus off of responsibilities for a little bit. I always love sitting down with friends and catching up. No matter what the conversation is about, connection makes me feel more rested. I love getting to see my friends and hear about what’s going on in their lives.
Journal. This is a huge one for me. I love journaling because it helps me to get out of my head. Usually when I am able to put all of my overwhelming thoughts into words, I feel more at peace and can think more rationally. Plus, there are so many different ways you can journal. I would definitely recommend this one!
Work out. Even if you just do a quick Youtube workout (like I do quite often)! I’ve even been doing yoga for the past week and I’ve felt a difference in my mood. I feel way more accomplished when I see myself working to be healthy. Kinda makes you feel like you can do anything. Those endorphins are no joke!
Listen to a podcast in bed. There are so many different types of podcasts out there, so find one you like! (If you like the Bachelor, check out some of the former contestants’ podcasts! Quality entertainment and a few valuable lessons, too.)
Literally just scroll through social media for a little bit if that’s relaxing to you!
Take a shower and put on a face mask.
Eat something you like. Focus on the way it tastes so you can actually enjoy it instead of eating in a hurry. This one sounds a little weird but try it!
Read a book you’ve been putting off for when you “have more time”.
Have a quiet time with the Lord. He is the one who gives us the rest we need. Spend time in his presence and seek to know him in new ways. Pray and ask him for peace. I like to put on worship music and read through devotionals on my Bible app.
Take a nap if you need one. My roommate always tells me that I won’t be productive if I’m not rested, and she’s right! Sleep if you need to so that your body and brain can function more effectively.
If you have different things you like to do to relax, I want to encourage you to take some intentional time to do those things. Rest is really important. Life can get overwehlming and it feels like there is no time to slow down, but taking breaks is just as important as all of the running around we do.
I don’t know all the ways you may have been stretched to your limits. I don’t know how long you have been working to make the pieces of your life fall into place. I don’t know how many tests you are studying for or how many deadlines you have coming up. I don’t know how discouraged you must be from all the disappointments you’ve experienced and from things that didn’t go according to plan. But what I do know: you deserve to rest. Regardless of what still has to be done. Regardless of how you feel. Regardless of what is still uncertain. I don’t know what you’re going through, but God sees you, and he understands. He wants you to find rest.
What are some things you guys to do rest when you need it?
Thanks for reading,