1. I’ll admit I try to plan and be organized, but never seems to work. I recently turned 34 and other then when I’m seriously sick, I can’t seem to rest. Even If I’m just sitting at my computer not doing homework, doing homework, working (I have 2 jobs during school terms), my mind is still going miles a minute. I’m up for hours no matter how tired and stress over things that I really shouldn’t stress about. I’ve nearly died twice in my life and my health isn’t getting any better.

    Guess my comment would be how does a try-be-planner actually follow planning and schedules, include rest times without felling stressed….

  2. As a special education teacher, it’s taken me *five* years to learn the idea of rest. (Bible studies by Lysa TerKuerst have really helped remind me about resting and imperfect progress).

    This year, I approached my career a little differently. I stopped at a decent time. During the beginning of the school year when my daughter was kept late after school for marching band practice, I stayed at school until 5. After Christmas, she no longer had practice, so I (tried) to leave school by 3:30. (Not having a driving teenager helped because I had to pick her up after school).

    At home, I’ve started to unplug a lot more. I don’t spend near as much time on social media (I prefer reading email and blogs – like this one – anyway). For me, social media was noisy and sewing a lot of discontent in my heart. So I stepped away.

    I read a lot more. I do watch TV, but because we stream, it’s on demand so I don’t have to be a slave to “my shows”. I also have older children 0 a 20-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter. So my season of life is different than probably many of yours. To which I say – the season you’re in will not last forever. One day, it will be gone. And you might be sad. But you’ll also be glad (first to have survived it, second to see what your children have become and third to enjoy another chapter in your life).

  3. I once read an essay entitled “recognizing burnout before you’re charred.” The reason this essay of yours, Kayse, is so profound is because as Mamas we so often push ourselves so long, so hard, out of habit, necessity, or mistaken senses of pride in our lives–we don’t even realize it until it’s too late and we are having crying jags, snapping at everyone , or worse–making time for daily, intentional rest is totally the answer. An ounce of prevention, etc.! Because, as you know, sometimes life does call on us to face superhuman challenges–like your sudden move, or a hospitalized child, a serious trauma of any kind, and they come at every stage of life–our inner strength is worth preserving. When you really think about it, it could be one of our most important responsibilities as mothers. Your planner has really helped me with that little, innocuous box entitled “rest.”

  4. I have a “hard stop at 1:00 Thursdays” ritual where my homeschooled children know that I get to take a bath. I protect that time fiercely – even if there are 100 things on my list, I get that hour to read a book and not worry about it.

  5. Making time for rest is so difficult while my children are young and need my constant attention. Many times, I resort to letting them watch something on Netflix just so I can relax and have some quiet time. I too love my quiet times in the morning when I wake up before my kids 🙂

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