The Importance of Rest

Confession #1: I haven’t worked out in 6 days.

Now for the irregular exerciser, that might not seem like ANYTHING. But for the person who works their way up to 6-7 days a week like I had, it seems like an eternity. Between being sick, traveling, lack of sleep, and a busy work schedule, any spare time I had this past week, I felt compelled to simply go to sleep.

Confession #2: I’m not worried about it. I’m not beating myself up or frustrated that I might lose some “tone” or gain a pound; I’ve had to learn not to idolize my abilities, my productivity, or even the fun that I have while working out. I trust myself enough to know that I will pick it right back up at the end of the week with even more energy and better athletic performance because of my little break.

I do find peace and “rest” in my normal daily workouts because for me, it’s all dedicated to my Creator. However, there are times when your body just needs to REALLY physically REST. This is GOOD, and JUST as important as exercising, as long as it is in right proportion and we are not being slothful. Life will always be busy, so we have to weigh when to push through our excuses, and when to listen to our bodies cry for rest.

My high school mentor used to tell me when faced with a problem, “sometimes the holiest thing you can do is take a nap.”  I used to laugh because originally I thought it was a justification for a nice mid-day sleep. The older I get, the more I realize the deep deep truth in resting in the Lord, not worrying, and knowing He will take care of you, no matter what craziness is going on in your life or what obligations you have pulling you around.

How often do we treat EVEN Sunday as just another day to get things done and wear ourselves out? I was reminded again this past Sunday about keeping the Sabbath day Holy, just as God rested at the end of the creation story. The congregation was encouraged not to do any projects for work or home, but just to be present with family, and enjoy the day we’ve been given to unwind in God’s goodness. So Sunday I napped for nearly two hours!! I admitted I wasn’t a super hero for one day. I know napping isn’t always possible for everyone, but other ways I “rest” include: journaling, reading, snuggling, singing in the car really loud, having a deep conversation with my spouse, praying in silence, not posting on social media or the blog, or just going to bed a little earlier.

God created rest to provide restoration for our souls. Don’t feel guilty when you feel a calling in your heart to step away from the world for a short time and just breathe and trust. There will always be something to get done, but the world won’t end if you don’t do it right away. (unless you’re the President or something, in which case, bad career choice haha)

Sleep is vital for our mood, our metabolism, our immune system, our cardiovascular health, our brain health, our sanity, and so much more! In my opinion, it is one of the most overlooked aspects of healthy living, and the one aspect that takes the most discipline for people because it involves giving up instead of checking off.

We are over worked. Over stimulated. Over burdened. Cast it all on Him because He cares for you.

Go to sleep trusting that when we are asleep, our great God is awake.

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Sneak Peek Saturday: 5 Things on My Bedside Table

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You can learn a lot about someone by what they keep on their bedside table! Here are some things that make Ro Ro go-go each day!

My Phone! I’m not afraid to “de-plug” by any means, and I definitely try to wind down without it an hour before passing out. However, it still has a place closest to my bed because I use it to activate my silent alarm on my FitBit, to log my food for the day, and to do a BIG brain dump of my “to do” list for the next day. If I have a hard time falling asleep, it’s usually because there is something I need to “dump” so I can stop thinking about it until the next day. That’s where my phone comes in handy! Write it down and SLEEP in peace.

That brings us to sleep! my favorite. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m typically very protective of my sleep. You could say I’m some what of a sleep snob and it’s not because I don’t WANT to stay up and spend time with you; it’s because I want to be fresh and energized to accomplish everything I need to the next day with a good mood! (Not to mention all the health benefits of sleep…) So I have a sleep mask. This thing is amazing. Whether my husband has the light on or there is a little street light that comes in our windows, I have no excuse not to get to sleep when I need to!

Water Bottle. Self explanatory. I’m constantly hydrating and take this thing everywhere. Camel Backs have a life-time guarantee and will ship you a free one if anything on it breaks! Not only do I keep it by me in case I get thirsty before falling asleep, but also like to have it to drink right when I first wake up.

Something that’s not ON my table, but IN it, are my workout clothes. It just so happened this way because we ran out of storage space in our one bedroom, and the drawers are the perfect size for my shirts, sports bras, and cropped pants. So other than my water bottle when I wake up, I can immediately change into my gear and move into the living room for T-25 or yoga, or to our apartment gym.

My Bible + Journal + Current Read travels between my bedside and our dining table. After exercise, my goal is to start my day reading, noting certain prayers and thoughts, but sometimes if the morning ends up being hectic, I’ll settle for reading before bed. In the middle of a busy life, work, family, home, it can be hard to find time just to THINK and prepare yourself that day for whatever God has for you. This time is getting more and more precious to me!

Unintentional Bonus item: The candle is there as a permanent decorative item, but I occasionally light it (and several more!) on a lazy Saturday evening to totally decompress. It’s a piece from our wedding reception, and fits perfectly with our “serenity beachy” themed bedroom! Creating a peaceful, happy, and healthy space is really important to the Ferreras’ well-being.

What does your bedside table say about you?