Rushing out the door first thing in the morning, after school activities, homework, the dinner rush... It’s that time of year again. It can be a challenge to remember to honor our commitment to rest, renewal and play as we all prepare to get back to school. Life gets busy and filled with obligation and I hear parents complain all the time that there is simply not enough time to get it all done.
This past week, I was reminded of how important it is to pay attention to my needs for rest and renewal no matter how busy we are. I was in bed for three days with the flu. Yes, in the middle of August. I know this means one thing for me. I am committed to exhausting myself and my body is yelling at me. I have ignored my need for rest and renewal. At times, I still wear myself out. Each May, I find myself longing for the end of school and the ease of summer days. I fantasize about slow morning starts, relaxing walks, yoga everyday, dinners on the patio with family and friends, no homework stress and the promise of more play in my days. And I have 3 teenagers, a partner, a few pets, a household, everyday life to manage, oh and a business to run. Life is full.
This month I have been talking about the importance of honoring rest, renewal and play in our lives, and I clearly have not been practicing what I preach.
And this is what I noticed.
What is also true is I am grateful for my flu as it was a reminder to me to wake up and shift. It has remind me to recommit to my natural rhythms of rest, renewal and play. As I head back into the stress of the back to school routine I am reminding myself what I need to stay at the top of my game and optimize my health and well being.
My Formula for renewal as we go back to school
When we pay attention to our needs for rest, renewal and play we maximize our energy, expand our creativity and are more available to those we love and care for. When we model this behavior, we are teaching our kids to do the same. So, what is your formula?
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