Sunday, September 24, 2017

Be Still

I am a people person.
I need to be around people, I need to be doing something and I need it to be fun.

But I also need to recharge.

Since having kids I have lost the ability to just be. I feel like I constantly have to be doing something even if it's watching old Jimmy Fallon videos online. I really suck at resting. I am horrible at just sitting and being quiet and still and because of that I've become easily distracted and in need of some sort of brain stimulation nearly all day.

Clearly I know this isn't healthy and you know this isn't healthy, but it's hard to reteach yourself something especially in a fast paced world with 24/7 data at our fingertips. 

"Even when we are relaxing or daydreaming, the brain does not really slow down or stop working. Rather—just as a dazzling array of molecular, genetic and physiological processes occur primarily or even exclusively when we sleep at night—many important mental processes seem to require what we call downtime and other forms of rest during the day. Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life." (Scientific American

I do myself a disservice in more ways than one if I don't allow my brain to rest and my body to take a break.

At the pace I'm going these days with work, volunteering at church, my work with Every Child, photography, raising our boys, Fostering a 3 year old, on top of maintaining friendships and everything in between I'm pretty much tapped- I have zero margin for anything else.

I have to get creative in finding space to rest and make the time or else I will not be able to do a good job as a wife, Mom or friend. If I can't take care of myself I can't take care of others. 

So in addition to eating healthy, getting my body moving and being in covenental friendship with people God has placed in our lives- I must make rest and stillness a habit. Even if that means timing myself to see how long I can go doing "nothing" HA!

What about you? How are you at resting, finding quiet moments and being still?


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