Welcome to our forth and final week in the Embracing Self-Care Series!
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This is a good one! I mentioned in the introduction to this series that sometimes I feel guilty for resting. But I don’t believe that’s how God intended rest to be. In fact, he created a day just for rest!
In one of my favorite books, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller he says ” Rest is an essential enzyme of life, as necessary as air. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have life. We refuse to rest at our peril–and yet in a world where overwork is seen as a professional virtue, many of us feel we can legitimately be stopped only by physical illness or collapse.”
Whether you take a full day of Sabbath for rest, or work it into your schedule in other ways, rest is important and can prevent us from burn-out, illness, and exhaustion.
Rest should be something restorative. It should be something that fills you up and enables you to continue to give of yourself where you are needed. Rest can be:
- a relaxing walk
- sitting with a cup of tea and reading a good book
- enjoying a meal with friends
- a long shower or relaxing bath
I love to treat myself to a home spa day or mix up one of my favorite body scrubs to enjoy in the shower:
How do you make time for rest? What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
Don’t forget to check out the wonderful posts from the other hosts this week:
Now it’s your turn! Link up below and share any of your posts on taking time to rest & relax or leave a comment sharing your thoughts.