I'm not very good at taking breaks. I'm what one might call an "overachiever". I mean come on, I had 3 babies in under three years. That's just showing off! #winkyface But seriously, I really have a hard time stopping. I am involved in a lot of things and so it's easy for me to keep my mind spinning at full speed and never slow down.
My friend Nathalie told me the other day I remind her of an energizer bunny, and while this is funny, it can be a bit scary too. I never thought I would become a "work-a-holic", but I have found myself becoming a little energizer bunny. I've actually had the thought at bedtime "hmmm, I could drink a cup of coffee and stay up working and just sleep a couple of hours". BUT NO. That's bad!
Rest is SO important not only physically, but mentally. It's important to take some time to flip the switch in the "off" position and just not think about check lists and emails and the mountain of orders in your inbox.
Last week we took a little Spring Break trip to our family's lake house. It was such a great week of relaxation and just being together as a family. But work-a-holic me just couldn't turn off the brain. Although I got a TON of work done and that is fun, I've noticed that it's hard for me to flip the switch. I promised myself I would take the day off on Saturday and not work. As we sat at the kitchen table Saturday morning and my husband was checking his March Madness bracket and the girls were eating breakfast, I starting feeling that heavy overwhelming feeling like I SHOULD be checking my email and working on 12 different projects and doing ALL OF THE THINGS!!! I had to snap myself out of it and remind my energizer brain that I have to slow down. I have to take time to rest.
After my slight breakdown, and flipping my brain to the off position, I had an incredible day with my family. Taking naps, watching movies, eating ice cream at bed time. The things that a vacation and a time of rest are made of!
I came back from vacation feeling very refreshed and relaxed. I'm still learning how to balance it all, and honestly I'm not sure if I will ever figure that out. I wish there was a formula of how to best manage everything, but I think that's just something I have to work on every day.
Are you taking time for rest in the midst of it all? How do you find ways to turn off your brain and allow your body and mind to relax?