Rest Really is Important!

July 16, 2015

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As my pregnancy with this little man comes to an end, the importance of rest has suddenly been thrown in my face. I will admit, rest is not something I am good at; in fact, it is typically the ball that drops in my “balancing act.” Luckily, I have always been able to function well on little sleep (probably why God gave me Clara, the anti-sleeping baby and toddler); however, in these past few days the idea of bringing a human into the world on no sleep and a busy schedule has given me some anxiety! Therefore, I have been forced to slow down a little, recharge and start to get ready for labor. I have adjusted my schedule a bit to allow for more room and I have made sleep much more of a priority…. Now, if only I could always keep this perspective, right?!

As I am sure many of you all do, I tend to push myself to the limit, adding as much to my plate as possible…and then crash once I reach exhaustion. Let me be the first to say I know this is not the healthy way, I know rest is important; we must rest, restore, and recharge in order to be our best. Of course, there are different ways to do this, working out, pampering, sleeping, ect.; but, the bottom line is stillness is often needed to fully relax and restore. Consequently, upon the realization that I need more rest going into delivery of our precious boy, I have been practicing the art of pampering and stillness this week; cutting myself a break and just resting (imagine that y’all!).

I encourage all of you, whether you are about to go into labor or just flat worn out from all of the responsibilities we tend to take on, and all the running around we do daily, to take a REST! Do something for yourself and SLOW down, even just for a few hours or 30 minutes. Breathe deeply, close your eyes and let go…..you can thank me later, haha!

Happy Resting!

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