I love this part.
Rest is possible, we just have to get creative. Here are a few of my favorite ways to sneak some rest into your week:
- Wake up early. This does require getting to bed at a decent hour. But if you do, and you’re able to rise before the rest of your family, you’ll LOVE that quiet time. Read the Bible, read a book, journal, or just drink your coffee in peace. Pure bliss. This is my favorite type of daily rest.
- Stay up late. This requires the ability to sleep in a bit. (Giving up sleep for the sake of rest is counterintuitive.) I love being up at night when everyone else is asleep. Just like rising early, staying up late brings a stillness that doesn’t exist in my house during the day.
- Secure child care. Trade with a neighboring mom, find a preschool that offers just one day a week, ask a family member if they’d be interested in a standing babysitting gig. Do whatever you need to do to get a few hours to yourself, even just once a week. Your kids need this as much as you do. Time with trusted friends and family will only enhance the social skills of your kiddo.
Sometimes, though, none of those specific things are possible. If you have a newborn, a child with special needs, or health issues of your own, it’s hard to find rest away from your family. But take heart, here are a few things you can do without ever leaving the house:
- Make Naptime a whole-house sort of thing. If the kids are sleeping (or quiet), so are you. The laundry can wait a couple of hours.
- Listen to worship music instead of kid music. Don’t get me wrong, I love VeggieTales as much as the next guy, but it doesn’t feed my heart and fill my soul like the words and music of a great hymn or worship song. God speaks through music. Let Him.
- Exercise. Head outside. The kids can ride in the stroller as you walk off the stresses of the week. Or choose a great workout video that you and your kids can do together. On a stressful day, my favorite video is this one from Fit2B.us:
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Bottom line, we MUST create space for embracing rest. It’s not going to find it’s way into our day on it’s own – it’s up to us to incorporate it.
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Kayse Pratt serves Christian women as a writer + designer, creating home + life management resources that help those women plan their days around what matters most. She’s created the most unique planner on the market, helped over 400 women create custom home management plans, and works with hundreds of women each month inside her membership, teaching them how to plan their days around what matters most. When she’s not designing printables or writing essays, you’ll find Kayse homeschooling her kids, reading a cheesy novel with a giant cup of tea in hand, or watching an old show from the 90’s with her husband, who is her very best friend.