Growing up i remember having a neighbor that I never could hang out with on Sundays. I would go over to their house and ask if they wanted to go outside and play and the answer was always the same. Sundays was their day of rest. It was strange. Their parents actually made them take a nap every Sunday afternoon after church.
Having kids of my own now I understand it a little. I take naps on Sundays but I don’t make my kids do it as well. Rest isn’t always about sleeping. Sometimes it is just about changing up your routine and slowing down a little bit.
One of the things that I loved about my time in Zimbabwe and my time in Bora Bora was the lack of a watch. I wasn’t on a time crunch. Sure there were places I had to go, churches I spoke at, and adventures to go on but I wasn’t living all day everyday on a schedule. I enjoyed life and was productive at the same time.
These days are a little harder as I live and die by my calendar. I have gotten so busy that often times it is hard to find time to rest. I find time for a Sunday nap but it isn’t always for pure rest…rather it is necessary just to help me keep going a little more.
Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and is linked to learning and memory function.
Do you have a day of rest? A day set a side for physically and emotionally catching up. Sometimes you may feel like you need this often, while other time it is needed less frequently. I am not talking about a day you just sleep all day, although that is nice. I am talking about a true relaxing moment to clear your thoughts and prepare for another day.
Make sure you schedule some time to Rest!