The Argument for Self Care
Being busy has become a badge of honor. People even equate success and importance with busyness. We all know those people and families who are always on the go with a million things to do. You may even be one of those people. However, rest and restoration are necessary for us to be our best.
Think back to the last time you were tired. I mean REALLY tired. My guess is that you were not as productive and as sharp as you usually are. But, what about the last time you woke up feeling exceptionally refreshed? How was that day different?
Taking the time to rest and to do things that are relaxing helps ensure that you have the energy to give to the people and responsibilities in your life. If all of your energy is drained, what do you have left to give anything or anyone else?
I used to feel guilty or not productive unless I was constantly doing something, so I would create unnecessary projects and tasks for myself. Facepalm! How ridiculous? I had to learn to rest and learn to be comfortable doing nothing. If you are like I was, you may need to make a conscious effort to practice self-care and relaxation. Even God rested after he created Heaven and Earth. The Bible tells us:
“…and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed”.
If God needed rest and restoration, why do we think we don’t?
If you are always drained and exhausted, you can’t give your best to anything – including God’s will. So, this week practice saying “no” to extra tasks and projects and practice saying “yes” to self-care and rest.
15 Ideas for Self-Care
- Take a nap
- Take a relaxing bath (bubbles & candlelight optional)
- Pamper yourself – at home or at a spa
- Catch up with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
- Try yoga or meditation
- Go for a walk (or do any exercise)
- Make time for your favorite hobby or craft
- Unplug from social media and technology
- Play your favorite music and have a dance party
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
- Watch tv or a movie without multitasking
- Spend time with family & friends
- Write in a journal
- Laugh as much as possible
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