When I resolved to make October my month of focusing on rest, I forgot that it is one of my busiest months of the year! Between a weekend in Orlando, a week with my parents out of town and me running two households, and a weekend in Nashville - plus another weekend in Nashville for Vandy’s homecoming this weekend – I haven’t had much time to rest.
I’ve focused a little bit on mental rest, but physical rest is still important too! One of my main problems since childhood has been that I am unable to turn my brain off at night. I lie there, wide awake, thinking of everything that needs to be done the next day…and struggle to fall asleep.
That hasn’t happened as much this year, with being so much busier in grad school, but there is one trick that I have when the dreaded insomnia strikes. I wake up, grab a pen and paper, and write out everything on my mind.
Everything that needs to be done the next day, everyone that I need to call, everything that needs to be added to the agenda. I make list after list after list. And eventually? My brain is finally able to relax.
It realizes that its job for the day is done, and I am able to sleep the sweet slumber that I so need. Making to-do lists doesn’t seem very restful, does it? But sometimes you have to get all of your worries and cares and fretting out of your system before your body can relax.
It’s wondrous how interconnected the mind and body are! While a little bit of physical rest, or a little bit of mental rest, is good, a combination of the two is so much better.
Can you tell that your mind and body are so linked? What do you do when one just won’t cooperate?