Feeling Tired? Worn out? And you have the feeling that you just have too much to do to stop? Here is an invitation to connect back to God and yourself.

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Life gets in the way. Making your favorite things to do as a regular part of your life sometimes can be very challenging. With all of life’s stressors, how quickly we forget to take a time out. Check in with yourself. Take a look on the inside. It is time for the things that make you smile. Perhaps it is time for a mental health day to accomplish small things and enjoy simple pleasures.

Refresh, rejuvenate, reconnect.

I recently took a walk in my neighborhood, a path different than I usually take. I was surprisingly amused by the character of many of the houses and front lawns. There were beautiful flowers and several porches with little tables and chairs for two.  Fountains and bird feeders invited many birds who I enjoyed watching while out on my walk. It was a simple pleasure and I felt so refreshed and inspired upon my return. Soon, I will paint the bench that sits on my porch and add a table with a little fountain.

Sometimes eating three times a day or five to six smaller portions throughout the day can be extremely challenging. Rejuvenate your body with good food and hydrate with water. Not a fan of eating vegetables? Try pressed juice from fruits and vegetables or try adding them to a smoothie. Sleep can also be a great way to restore balance. A nap may be what your body is asking for.

Connecting with friends fuels my soul. I love having meaningful conversations and laughing out loud. My friends help me grow and challenge me to be the best version of myself. We were made to live in community and to have connection with one another. It doesn’t matter the activity, it could be doing nothing at all but being with another person who is present with you could make all the difference in your life.

There are so many options to explore, simple pleasures are the best. Listening to or creating music. Coloring is the extent of my visual artistic skills but I enjoy every moment. Disconnecting from the screen may be a form a rest. Spend time at the library or bookstore reading some light material.  Be still, meditate, and rest your mind.

What would your guilt free rest list include? Respect your decision, respect yourself.

Tamara Cushman

About Tamara Cushman

Tamara Cushman was born and raised in Southern California. She's lived in Florida and attended Discovery for almost 12 years with her husband Paul and three daughters Elaina, Leslie and Destiny. In years past, Tamara served on staff with the children’s ministry at both Discovery East and Central campuses. She is passionate about children, parenting and families growing together. She finds pleasure supporting parents, especially first-time parents. One of her greatest joys is spending quiet time with God at the beach or just in a quiet space.

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