Our bodies were created to need rest. There is just no way around it. We are not robots. We are not machines. We are human beings who need sleep, rest, and recovery after hard work. I know this is true. And I’ve felt it’s reality this past week. I’ve gotten tired in the afternoons. At night I’ve wanted to go to bed an hour earlier than usual, but I wasn’t waking up an hour earlier. I didn’t have the same energy I usually have during the mornings. In my opinion, waking up feeling tired isn’t how I want to do life on a regular basis!
It’s nothing I’m ashamed of, especially in our pandemic ravaged world this past year. I can’t even remember the last time I took a vacation. It’s been well over 12 months. It’s no wonder Jill and I are both feeling tired. Like everyone else we’ve had a shortage of opportunities. We have taken safety precautions seriously and we’re happy to report none of us has come down with COVID-19. But we haven’t got out much. And we certainly haven’t traveled. I haven’t really taken time off either.
A Hero On A Mission Plans to Rest
In my HOAM Vision Statements I have stated four ways to make sure I rest.
- I am co-planning an annual family vacation with Jill.
- I won’t overwork—like I’ve done too often in my past.
- I will take 5th weeks of months off as vacation time.
- I will take a Personal Retreat Day once a month.
If I take steps to live out these parts of my vision I will get the rest I need. Just reading through this list, I realize that going for over a year without a vacation is counter to my commitment not to overwork. That’s probably the biggest issue that’s making my eyelids heavy this past week.
Vacation Is On The Horizon
Fortunately, both March and April have 5th weeks. I am looking forward with great anticipation to taking some days off. Even if we can’t get out of town yet because of Jill’s work schedule…and a pandemic that’s not over yet. I can still take long naps!
What commitments would help you remember that you are a human being who needs to rest regularly?