I knew I was spread too thin far before I almost had a meltdown in the car. I had been fantasizing for months (maybe even years) about going on a sabbatical because I knew in my heart that I was burned out. And from that experience, I learned that what I need is to spend time “cocooning.”
Cocooning allows you to spend time work on your three “R’s”: resting, renewal, and rededication. My first challenge was relearning to rest!
Resting. I’m not very good at this. I’ll just put it out there from the jump! Even when I get one hour at home, alone, I start busying myself in the name of productivity. Am I bored? I highly doubt that. Or could I be fearful of time alone in my own thoughts? Hmmmm….
Quiet time is a requirement for renewing one’s mind, body, and soul. And I realized that I need to plan my rest just as I plan anything else that is important to me.
I learned that the lack of sleep is less about available sleeping hours and more about our willingness to make sleep more of a priority.
Once rested, it’s amazing how my rewired mind can process information much more clearly. And it’s not just sleep that refreshes me; rest does too! All the while, when I’m cocooning, I also had to learn to rest from:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
*Inspired by “The One Year Book of Inspiration for Girlfriends” by Ellen Miller.