Friday, May 28, 2010


So my vacation is coming to an end. It has been nice to get away from the struggle with circumstances that are life. Taking time to rest in recharge is necessary in any endeavours we commit ourselves to, a fact that I all too often forget. The problem with resting is it can be difficult to start again, but if we set boundaries to our rest it can be helpful. Not every rest is a vacation either so how can we give ourselves rest while still creating boundaries to define the beginning and end of rest.

There are two real options for this in my mind: physical and temporal. We can create a space we use in our homes, or that we can visit in our towns. The other option is create a time period that is ours to let down our guard, not subject ourselves to worry. Time for some examples:

Physical Some physical options could be a craft room in your home, a spot you like to curl up and read. It could be a trail in a park or a bench by a pond. The important thing is that it needs to be someplace where we can relax, where others know not to bother us.

Temporal If for whatever reason you cannot create a physical place, maybe you travel, maybe you don't have time at home to rest or maybe home is not a good place to relax. We can also set aside parts of our day an hour for lunch, or some me time in the evening. The important thing here is to make sure that it is the same time every day. As relaxing at noon every day becomes habit you will naturally stop stressing, stop working and be able to recharge. More importantly as you get in the habit of picking up the worries you set down at noon when one o'clock rolls around you create the habit of getting back to work.

Both of these mini times of rest should be conscious, should be doing something you enjoy and should be made clear to others that you are not to bothered with anything that can wait. This is your time; this is where you will find the strength and energy to keep on keeping on.