When it’s okay to rest

For the last week and a half I’ve been sick; sick with the scratchy sore throat, stuffy head, runny nose, and getting all my calories from cough drops, sort of sick.

It was frustrating, just as it is whenever sickness comes. But this time I was more disappointed, simply because I was finally getting some great habits in my life. I had worked out a schedule with friends to exercise a couple times a week and was pumped to get into a routine.

But when I got sick, I knew workouts were out for me until I was totally better. I’ve done sports enough growing up to know this about my body. I’ve worked out too many times when I was almost better, to know working out too soon only prolongs and worsens my sickness. So this time, even though I practically wanted to jump out of my skin and workout, I waited it out. I let myself rest. I slowed down.

Slowing down was what I needed.okay to restIsn’t it interesting how when life gets overwhelming, we often think the solution is to pick up speed, to power through, to sprint to the end, or to toughen up? We ignore our body or our hearts and believe if we just give it all we got it will work out. Nah, we don’t need to let something fall out of our life. Yes, we can continue doing everything, even if our condition is worsening. In fact, we almost wear it as a badge of honor that even with this activity, and this responsibility, and this life change, and this commitment, we still came through it while doing it all.

At least I know I’ve tried to wear that badge–the “Juggled it All” badge or the “Kept all the Plates Spinning” badge.

But, are we better off inside ourselves for pushing through the harsh conditions?

Sometimes we have no choice. Sometimes the time for decision has past and we have to power through. But more often than not, we could decide to say no; we could decide to slow down and re-coop enough to rejuvenate and calm our troubled waters.

“It is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.”- Dieter Uchtdorf

Life really isn’t a race. There will be no badge for the one who powered through life until they reached the point of utter exhaustion. There will be no grand prize for the ones who juggled the most responsibilities. But, I’m pretty sure there will be happiness and peace for those who simplified, gave their life grace, and slowed down to rest.

How do you remember to re-evaluate your life when you feel overwhelmed? How do you give yourself grace and love even when you feel your life isn’t as exciting or fast-paced as others? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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10 thoughts on “When it’s okay to rest

  1. Your post reads my mind out loud. I have been a super juggler, running around, working from home, managing a lil one and an older one (aka my husband), cooking, cleaning the mess around..going on and on without a break, just with the hope of maybe I can sit back tomorrow..but that never happens. You said it right: “Life really isn’t a race. There will be no badge for the one who powered through life until they reached the point of utter exhaustion.”

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    • I am so sorry it has taken me so long to respond! First of all, thank you for stopping by my blog! I look forward to checking out yours πŸ™‚ And I’m so glad that you could relate to this post. I feel very similarly. Sometimes I just want to accomplish, accomplish, accomplish… but then I feel completely worn out. And you are so right, life rarely slows down for us, we kind of have to make life slow down for ourselves. I look forward to getting to know you better! πŸ™‚

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  2. For starters I commend you for your workout consistency. That’s a great place to be. I am just getting back in the gym for the last month and a half after sporadic at best workouts for the last year. I am more prone to lean towards the kicked back pace of life to the determent of my goals getting unworked, things being left undone and friendships being left unnurtured. I am however finding balance as I age. Great writing! Keep em coming.

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    • I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you!! Thank you so much for your kindness. I agree, there definitely is a balance between overworking ourselves and underworking ourselves. I feel like I sometimes swing from one extreme to the other in search of the balance. But I have a lot of confidence that you and I will find a great balance over time! Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you are enjoying the holidays! πŸ™‚

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    • Torrie, thank you so much for sending healthy vibes our way! I am healthy again and feeling much, much better! I hope your holidays have been wonderful, especially in your new home πŸ™‚ Our holidays have been delightful.

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  3. I love your paragraph about life not being a race. It’s funny how sometimes busyness feels like it’s a competition. It’s easy to get caught up in the “race” and I think you said it so well. Slowing down and simplifying is a good thing! I hope you feel better very soon, Marla!!

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    • Thank you so much, Chelsi, I am feeling much better! It is interesting how us moms’s can get caught up in trying to do more and more. When really, ourselves and our kids crave and need the simplicity. πŸ™‚

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  4. Marla, this post resonates with me as I have been under the weather since yesterday. I do agree.. why push through when really our bodies are saying rest. I am learning to rest more… it is not easy though in my home with the constant needs of the kids. But we do deserve to rest! Hope you feel better soon.

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    • Oh Kim, I hope you are feeling better and that you and your family have enjoyed the holidays! After I read your comment, Kim, it helped me realize that illness, acute or chronic, can teach us invaluable lessons that really are blessings. I feel like one lesson I learned was to simply let myself rest and heal. It seems you have learned this too. πŸ™‚ I hope you are feeling much better, friend!

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