Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a beautiful day, wherever you may be! For today’s blog post, I really wanted to chat about a topic that is very important to me personally. From a young age, I recognized the importance of loving myself and taking care of myself, however I really started to take it seriously a few years ago, and I haven’t looked back. It takes a lot of time and effort to get to a place of self-love, and a major part of that is taking care of your overall well-being. So, today I am going to share the benefits of taking a rest day.
I am very outspoken when it comes to self-care, and this is because I have directly seen the benefits in my own life. This does not just mean only taking care of your appearance, but also taking care of your heart, mind, body, and soul. It doesn’t really matter how much effort you put into making your outsides look great if you aren’t feeling great on the inside. Even though it may be difficult at times, you should really try to find some time to rest each and every day.
Everyone is different, and we all have different responsibilities and daily tasks to handle, whether they relate to work, family, or school. While of course these things need to be prioritized, we can’t forget about ourselves. These things can take up a lot of our time and energy, but even if you take 20 minutes or an hour out of each day, this can be extremely beneficial!
I find that balance in everything is super important in life. As we all know, too much of anything isn’t a good thing. Too much rest can quickly turn into laziness, and too much work can turn into burnout. There is a way to balance each of these things, and in turn, you will feel much happier overall
My boyfriend has collaborated with me on this blog post, and I really wanted to include some of his own writing! I always find his words to be so encouraging and uplifting, and I think that you will too. Here is what he had to say on the topic:
To recognise the importance of self-care throughout life, it’s necessary to look at the difference between maintaining outward appearance and continuing nourishment on the inside.
It is wonderful and true that we are all beautiful both on the outside and on the inside. From day one, our looks have been mastered and completed. However, inwardly we are renewed each and every day. How exciting is that!? For every one of us to have the capacity and opportunity to be our best selves, to be more of who we are intended to be! It’s beneficial to understand that inner self-care is as much about relaxation and preparation as it is about staying occupied and task completion. Balancing and prioritising is absolutely key. Remember that whatever you concentrate on most becomes an idol. Please don’t drive yourself towards constant action, letting exhaustion creep in (mental or physical). Inner self-care is about consciously choosing to prevent the build-up of stress, worry and tiredness. Happiness, peace and long-lasting energy are conquering antidotes.
Resting may be a departure from existing routine but it will become an adventure all of itself when practiced out of love rather than duty. Rest is gentle and kind but also receptive and restorative, facilitating the space to be present, for today and tomorrow.
– Tom Patch
As I mentioned previously, I have seen the ways that taking some time for myself has benefitted me and my health, so I wanted to share some of those benefits with you today!
First of all, when you prioritize and take care of yourself, you become the best version of yourself. Not only will you eventually recognize this, but those around you will too! When you make that time for you, all of your relationships can flourish, especially the one with yourself! We all want to be at our best, and it’s ok to have bad moments or even bad days, but you have to make self-care and self-love daily habits.
When taking a rest day, you have the time to do the things that you want to do. You can delve into your hobbies, spend time with family and friends, or just sit back and watch your favorite movie or TV show! There are no rules to your rest day, and you should do what makes you feel happy and at peace.
If you would like, you can use your rest day to think about what’s upcoming. It may not be very fun to think about the working days ahead, or how you’re going to complete everything you have to do, but planning can be really helpful. I strongly recommend owning a planner because this has allowed me to stay on track and get things done efficiently. Also, make sure to include time to rest. Ideally you should try to find time for this every single day, but if this is near to impossible for you, then plan for a rest day or two on the weekend!
Rest can shift your mood and remind you of what’s most important in life. When we are busy and constantly thinking about each and every little thing we have to do before the day is done, it can get really overwhelming. Try to take a breather, and remember that your well-being should come first. You deserve to feel happy and have peace of mind often too. There is something so nice about taking a day to simply focus on you. Remember that self-care is not selfish. As long as you are taking care of your responsibilities, you deserve some time for yourself. I think that one day, we may look back and realize that self-care really is one of the most important things in life.
You can use rest days as a time to check in with your mental, emotional, and physical health. Are you moving your body every day? Are you thinking positive thoughts? Are you allowing yourself to really feel your emotions rather than suppressing them? You should be asking yourself similar questions daily. It’s always good to check in. I happen to be someone who is very self-aware and this helps me to recognize when and why I may be feeling a certain way. If you take a moment to think about it, you may be able to understand yourself more. Writing can actually help with this a lot. A close friend of mine was upset recently, and she had trouble explaining why. She decided to write down why she thought she was feeling that way, and it allowed her to recognize why she got upset in the first place.
This time is essential in all of our lives, and you can use it to form new habits. No matter how busy we may be, we can all spare at least a few minutes out of each day.
I wanted to conclude this blog post with a few tips as well:
- Don’t be afraid to say no
When it comes to work, it is important to take on your own responsibilities. Keep in mind that it’s ok to (respectfully) say no when you’re asked to do things beyond your requirements. Also, outside of work, you should be able to freely say no to things that you simply don’t want to do. For example, if a friend asks you to go out with them one night, it’s ok to say that you’re not feeling it. If you feel like you can use that time to take care of yourself and relax, then do that. You know what’s best for you, so trust that.
- List out your priorities
Writing down your priorities can help you see what’s most important to you. It could be priorities for the day ahead, or daily priorities that you have. Whatever they may be, it will allow you to focus on your goals. I wrote an entire blog post on “How to Recognize and Balance Your Priorities” so you can check that out as well!
- Make realistic goals for yourself
Sometimes we get so into productivity that once the time comes to do every single task that we planned out, it can just become too much. Take a step back and think realistically. It’s good to space things out over the course of a week or month. You don’t have to do it all in one day. Take it one step at a time.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
Another daily practice! I am still learning to be kind to myself, especially on the difficult days. If you skipped a workout or didn’t make that phone call, it’s ok! We are all human, and we will not have it together all the time. Motivation comes and goes, and we all experiences challenging times. The important part is that you power through and always take care of yourself; nurturing your heart and reminding yourself that you matter, and you always will.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post! I hope that you found it helpful, and that you will share it with those you love! Until next time!
Thank you to my love, and happy six-month anniversary!