Once I had kids, the idea of “resting” quickly became an elusive concept. Before motherhood, I felt like I could gauge my physical and emotional energy levels and do what was needed to fill up. Even in challenging seasons of life, there would eventually be a break, a weekend or a night off to spend time recharging. Now? Resting takes much more planning and intentionality.
There are times when we set up a babysitter and arrange an evening out, but then by the end of the day all I want to do is crawl into my favorite gray sweatpants and huddle up in the corner of my couch. Other days, I need time alone to process whatever life has thrown at me. I’ll get my journal, make a cup of coffee and plan to spend a few moments thinking and writing during the kids’ nap. Then they’ll decide it’s a good day to revolt against sleep, and my agenda quickly flies out the window.
Rest is challenging. It’s countercultural, and I’ve found it incredibly hard to do as a mom. But it’s essential, because the alternative to rest isn’t necessarily productivity. Often, the alternative is burnout.
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