God teaches me stuff through my mistakes. So learn from my foolishness. 🙂
I must be intentional with resting. One way I manage that is with the idea of the 7 zones.
7 zones: So our week consists of 21 total zones, each divided into morning, afternoon and evening. I did not invent this. We were taught it by Mike Ash from Next Level Church. So the goal is to have 7 zones without work, obligations, meetings etc. And 3 of the 7 must be together for a full 24 hours (basically having a Sabbath rest). So the zones off I am still a parent with taking kids to practice, doing dishes etc but on those zones off I am not meeting with people or doing work related stuff or things out of obligation.
I must actually plan rest in my life by writing in my planner. So on Mondays(when I do it) I plan my week accordingly making sure I have 7 zones off. I literally divide my days in these 3 time slots and write off in the blocks. There have been weeks where I realize I have something 5 evenings of the week and something during the day all 5 of the days thus only allowing me 5 zones off.
This is not sustainable and certainly not life giving. I feel squeezed even more without my zones because I am an introvert and need down time and reflection time.
I STINK AT BOUNDARIES SOMETIMES.
I often say yes to others because it is convenient for them but at my inconvenience. It works for them so I do it. Of course I believe in self sacrifice and serving others but I will have nothing left to give to others if I am continually giving out and not allowing my cup to be filled.
It is not a badge of honor to uber busy. Being overly busy is actually a dunce cap of my lack of time stewardship, foolishness, immaturity and my inability to say no.
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS A BAD THING.
All good things: being apart of community, connection groups, playdates, meeting with others, serving/volunteering etc. All things I want to continue but I must spread it out and allow for sufficient rest periods. It is ok to schedule things a month/months out in advance in order to protect life giving zones off.
If I do so much that I am weary then I am no good to anyone- myself, hubby, kids or others. If I burn out- I can’t help anyone.
There are some weeks where I cannot be 7 zones off. But that should not turn into months and seasons or I am asking for total burnout.
Two things I try to do: weekly day off (search Sabbath on here) and daily time of silence and solitude(can also search this), usually outdoors. Or search rest.