Yesterday on my Instagram post I shared about my own convictions I deal with regarding the need to always be busy.
So many people commented and said they felt this too.
And if we’re being honest, we all at times feel the need to fill the space in our days.
For me this happens often.
And if you’re a mom I bet it does for you too.
Now as a busy two year old I am definitely having to spend more time with actual activities that occupy Tate.
Fun toys, learning toys, new iPad games or movies (if you’re new here welcome yes, I am an avid screen time mom haha), outside play and more.
This can make for very busy days, which turn into longer nights since my two year old still has trouble sleeping through the night (welcome again yes, we’re discussing my non sleeping two year old haha).
Regardless of all the daytime play and night time sleep struggles each time I decide to climb into bed early behind my kid I feel a sting of conviction that tells me I shouldn’t be resting.
“Late nights early mornings that’s entrepreneur life works.”
“What’d you do today that shows you deserve to go to bed early.”
“Fill out emails and social media stats and then you can go to bed.”
These are few of the many things I tell myself daily.
But the truth is, as someone on my Instagram commented, we need to rest to recover.
Every day won’t be an A+ day, and that’s okay. That’s what makes you human.
And though the thoughts are daunting and society tell you different here’s your reminder mama,
You don’t need a reason or an excuse to rest.
Do it because you want to.
Kids didn’t get a well rounded dinner tonight? Still deserve a rest.
A lot more screen time than normal? Rest still warranted.
Had to run the load of laundry twice today? Yup, you guessed it, still allowed to rest.
Here are some affirmations I use to remember the rest to recover mindset:
- I do not need a reason to rest
- Rest to recover, it’s necessary
- Being tired gives me the right to rest
- I worked hard today, and even if I didn’t I want to rest
- Reasons are just excuses in a different dialect
- I have to justify to no one, not even myself for reasons of rest
Religious scriptures about rest:
- Psalm 127:2; It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
- Psalms 46:10; Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
- Psalm 4:8; In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”Exodus 33:14; And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
- Mathew 11:28; Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
I could give you reason after reason for why you need rest. Medically, I can discuss the physical strain constant has on your body and on your mind but the fact of the matter is simple; you do not need a reason to rest.
So stop looking for one.
Take care of you too mama,