As we step into the unfolding chapters of 2024, let’s delve into the art of prioritising me-time and the transformative power of rest, in a world that never seems to slow down.
Amidst the whirlwind of daily life, it’s easy for us busy mums to get caught up in the never-ending to-do lists and neglect ‘me-time.’ But guess what? It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity! Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish; it’s a vital act of self-love that fuels your ability to tackle the demands of motherhood and life with renewed energy and focus.
Prioritising Yourself in 2024
I believe that ‘me-time’ isn’t just a break; it’s a space to reconnect with yourself, find balance, and recharge your batteries. It’s about acknowledging your worth and giving yourself permission to rest without guilt.
As we navigate the journey of motherhood and life, let’s make 2024 the year of prioritising ourselves and embracing the power of rest. Let’s explore the nuances of rest, its distinction from sleep, and the profound influence it holds.
Rest vs. Sleep: Crafting Moments of Renewal
Firstly, let’s unravel the distinction between rest and sleep. While sleep is a vital component of well-being, rest encompasses a broader spectrum. Rest involves intentional moments of renewal, where the mind and body disengage from the demands of daily life. It’s about creating a space to rejuvenate, whether through a calming yoga session, meditation, mindfulness or simply allowing oneself to be present in stillness.
The Power of Rest: A Catalyst for sustained well-being
Now, let’s delve into the transformative power of rest. Preventing or recovering from (parental) burnout or any form of exhaustion is not about doing more; it’s about doing less. It’s a conscious decision to step back, recharge, and fortify oneself for the unexpected twists and turns of life that lie ahead.
Practical Ideas for Slowing down & Embracing Rest
1. Yoga – Sanctuary for Body and Mind: Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or beginning, carve out time for yoga in your daily routine to release tension, enhance flexibility, and cultivate mindfulness. Let your practice be a sanctuary where you reconnect with your body to find solace and strength. Remember, every little bit of yoga counts and even just 5 minutes with the legs up the wall or in child’s pose before going to sleep will make a difference.
2. Meditation – Find Your Zen: Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and let your mind settle. Through guided meditation or simply focusing on your breath, unlock the door to calm. As you embark on this journey within, notice how your thoughts become whispers, and the stillness welcomes clarity. Meditation is my personal go-to practice and non-negotiable selfcare. I meditate daily before anyone wakes up – at least 10 minutes, adjusting to 5 minutes on hectic days.
3. Mindfulnes – Embrace the Now: Insert mindful pauses throughout your day. Take a moment each day to pause, breathe, and bring awareness to the present. Whether it’s a few moments of deep breathing or a brief walk, these intentional breaks provide a mental reset.
4. Purposeful Rest: Engage in restful activities with purpose. Whether it’s engaging in a hobby, reading a book, or or immersing yourself in nature, align your moments of rest with personal well-being goals.
5. Digital Detox – Switch Off: Designate tech-free zones or times in your home. Less screen time means more ‘me-time.’ For me clear time boundaries work best (no screens before 8:00 and after 21:15, with the phone not entering the bed room) and reading a physical book or at least a non-lighted screen such as on my beloved e-reader is what I do to relax.
6. Quality Sleep Environment: Recognise the importance of quality sleep. Craft a conducive sleep environment with a cool, dark bedroom. Enhance comfort with cozy mattresses, cushions, and blankets. Create a bedtime ritual; mine involves massaging my feet with lavender balm and inhaling the scent deeply.
The Power of Rest
“Preventing or recovering from (parental) burnout is about doing less; rest is productive.”
This snippet encapsulates the essence of self-care and success. When the weight of responsibilities feels overwhelming, resting becomes a revolutionary act. It’s not a luxury; it’s an important move towards recovery and sustained well-being.
Scheduling Rest: making it happen
Just as you would pencil in a meeting or a deadline, carve out dedicated time for intentional rest in your calendar. By making rest a scheduled priority, you elevate its significance and ensure that it becomes a non-negotiable aspect of your routine.
For me, since I am a mum, rest doesn’t just magically happen at home.
This is why I created the Rest & Recharge online classes to commit to carve out 45minutes of me-time at least once a week and the Release, Reset, Restore Mini Retreats, as little haven for all of us who can’t quite break free from responsibilities for a whole weekend or more.
Prioritise yourself and commit to rest now, HERE and HERE!