Why do we fight sleep?

Isn’t it funny how we fought having to take naps as children, and now that we’re full-grown adults, we still fight the need to rest? The reasons why we fought it then versus now differ, but it’s just as, or even more, important now as it was then. When a child is overtired and cranky, we know they need rest and do everything in our power to get them asleep.

So, why do we ignore our own needs when feeling the same?

Well, it can be difficult to allow ourselves to take a break and rest because we often feel guilty for taking time for ourselves, or we worry that we’re not being productive enough, or we’re juggling family responsibilities that we place before our own needs, and just keep pushing our way through each day.

A lot of people have a false belief that they only need a little bit of sleep each day, but getting true rest on a regular basis is one of the most healthy ways to reduce stress levels in our mind and body.

How does inadequate rest affect us?

Over an extended period of time, this can lead to weight gain, declining health, emotional agitation, mental health issues, or burnout. Proper rest is mandatory for our physical and mental well-being, and YOU are the only one who can make you get the rest you need by choice. I’m certain we’d all rather rest on our own rather than be forced to rest due to illness.

It really is OKAY to take a quiet time-out for yourself. To avoid burnout and provide your mind and body the support that’s needed to be the best version of yourself, keep reading below for some of the best ways I’ve found to ensure you’re getting enough rest time.

5 tips for giving yourself permission to rest

  1. Recognize the importance of rest: Rest is not lazy. Rest is self-care. Rest is crucial for our bodies and minds to function at their best. It helps us recharge and refresh, allowing us to be more productive and focused when we return to our tasks. Allow yourself to take breaks throughout your busy day as needed. Even just a few minutes of stillness and focusing on deep breath work can help.
  1. Set boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries around your time and energy. This means saying no to activities or commitments that drain you and making time for rest and relaxation. We tend to overbook our lives, thinking we can do it all. There are 24 hours gifted to us each day. Now, add in children, a small business, a career, caring for pets, a spouse, or any other responsibilities, and those hours get reduced greatly. Your daily to-do list needs to include a line for some period of rest.  Carve out time for yourself each day, away from social media, and press pause on the constant busyness. You deserve it.
  1. Let go of guilt: Let it Go, Let it Goooo! Many of us feel guilty for taking time for ourselves, but it’s important to remember that self-care is NOT selfish. Taking care of yourself allows you to better care for others, and refuels you to be able to juggle your daily lifestyle. There is no guilt in needing an adulting time-out.  The next time your inner critic tells you to keep plowing through your long list of things to do, release that internal pressure and choose YOU instead. Permit yourself to rest…unapologetically. Read and Repeat: I calmly affirm…Self-care is NOT selfish.
  1. Create a restful routine: Create a space conducive to relaxation and rest. This could mean using calming scents or sounds, practicing techniques like deep breathing or meditation, keeping your favorite coloring book or Calmfirmations guided activity workbook nearby, gently squeezing your favorite stress ball with your eyes closed, setting a timer for 15-20 minutes of nothingness, or whatever feels relaxing and restful for you. You have the power to control how you rest.

Read and Repeat:

→I calmly affirm…I deserve to rest.

→I calmly affirm…Rest is necessary for my mental and physical health.

→I calmly affirm…I give myself permission to rest.

  1. Make rest a priority: Make rest a priority in your life by scheduling it into your calendar like any other important appointment. This will help ensure you make time for it and don’t let other commitments get in the way. We often create a sleep schedule for our children, but adults benefit from sleep schedules as well. If you are a night owl, but also have early morning obligations, start getting in bed 15 minutes earlier than usual each night and see how that helps the next day. I’ve used a himilayan salt lamp at bedtime for years, and find the warm glow soothing. A good night’s sleep is priceless.

Simply giving yourself permission to rest is a powerful tool and essential for your well-being. Following these tips can help you prioritize rest and recharge your mind and body.

Give yourself permission to rest. You deserve it! 😊

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