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Guilt-free Rest and Relaxation

Posted Jul 30 2012 10:02pm


I write this to you from the beautiful mountains of Vail, Colorado.  Jealous?   The crisp mountain air fills my lungs and refreshes my soul, and I look forward to visiting Colorado every year.  I am a mountain girl. This is my favorite place to come for rest and relaxation.  And, appropriately enough, that’s our topic today.

Rest and relaxation.  Most of us busy moms don’t get enough.  We push through life at 100 miles an hour, darting from a family activity to a business engagement,  to the pile of laundry that awaits us in the laundry room, to the hungry tummies at the dinner table.  We fall into bed exhausted just to wake up and start it all over again.  Can you relate?

For your overall wellness, it would behoove you to find some time to relax!  Stress causes lots of problems in your body.  So, de-stressing is imperative.  I know you already know this. This doesn’t mean that you have to take a week away in the mountains (although I do recommend that occasionally!).  I’m suggesting finding some time on a consistent basis to rest and recover.   Oh, I can hear you now.  You’re saying, “That’s all well and good, Casey, but when will I be able to do that?  There is no time for relaxation in my hectic schedule of raising a family and running a business!”  I know.  I’ve been there.  And, I have a couple of suggestions.

1.  Schedule it.  I’m not a great scheduler.  But, I’m getting better.  I have come to the realization that if I schedule something, it has a much better chance of getting done.  This is true for relaxation time, too.  Put it on your calendar and then keep that appointment with yourself.

2.  Adjust your mindset.  Maybe you believe that taking time for yourself to rest and recover is selfish.  Maybe you feel guilty about “mommy R&R.”  I can relate.  My hubby took my kids to their grandfather’s house overnight.  I was left home alone.  And, I was excited about that on one level.  Time alone in my house doesn’t come very often.  Having my own head for 24 hours is a rare thing!  But, I felt guilty about being somewhat excited about this opportunity.  I spent the first couple hours of my alone time wallowing in guilt until I shifted my mindset.  I realized that I needed this time alone.  I realized that my hubby needed this time alone with his girls.  I made the decision to enjoy the 24 hours of rest, and I really felt rejuvenated when they arrived home the next day.  And, I was a better mom because of it.

3.  Think small.  Your time of rest and relaxation doesn’t have to be a week-long vacation.  In fact, I invite you to build rest and relaxation time into your week.  Every week.  Pick a day for recreation.   Think about that word, “recreation.”   It means to re-create.  Re-create your soul each and every week.  To do this, do something that brings you pleasure.  What refreshes your body, mind, and spirit?  Maybe a massage?  Maybe a good book in the park?  Maybe lunch with a friend?  Make a list of those things that refresh YOU and schedule something from that list each and every week 

4.  Think big.  Sometimes getting out of your comfortable surroundings, doing something new, leaving your familiar surroundings and experiencing a new place is just what is needed for deep rejuvenation.  A change of scenery does a body good!  It heightens your senses and refreshes your spirit.  It gives you time away to think, recover, and reconnect with God.  You return home feeling like you can conquer the world.  You are a new person.  So, schedule some time away. 

My hope is that you’re inspired to schedule some R&R for yourself.   No guilt!  Believe me, it’s necessary for total wellness.  You will be a better mom, business owner, and person when you allow yourself to enjoy rest. 

Now, I’m off to Aspen to surround myself with mountain air, blue sky, and green Aspen trees fluttering in the wind.  It’s time to rejuvenate MY soul!

About Casey Sollock ( 12 Posts )

Casey Sollock is a holistic wellness coach, women's speaker, and author. She loves inspiring mompreneurs to optimize their health, shine their light, and change the world! True health and happiness emerge when body, mind, and spirit are well-nourished and living in harmony. She also works with brides-to-be to accomplish their ideal image for their walk down the aisle! Casey invites you to enjoy a complimentary copy of the comprehensive holistic wellness book, Integrative Nutrition, at her website, She Shines Wellness

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