Rest is valuable. Busyness is not a badge of honor, neither is burnout.
This year I’m choosing to create intentional rhythms of rest. There will always be items on my to do list but I can choose to prioritize my well-being and create rhythms of rest. To put aside the to do list and just be.
What does this practically look like?
Driving without music on to be more mindful
Stopping work tasks by 7:30pm to make time for self care and joyful activities
Reading before bed
Journaling throughout the week
Taking brief deep breathing and mindfulness breaks throughout the day, especially as work
Pursuing restful activities- like painting
Releasing control and giving tasks to others, letting others in to help
Why did I choose this phrase?
I’ve been saying yes to too many things, not reaching out for help with tasks, and experiencing burnout. The pace I’ve been going is not sustainable or helpful for my well-being, leading me to pursue intentional rhythms of rest in 2023 & pursue an unhurried life as Jesus modeled.
Is it time for you to create rhythms of rest? Going at 110% all day, everyday is not sustainable or healthy for us; rest and slowing down are so valuable and important. Consider choosing building intentional moments of rest into your days.
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” -Mark 6:30-32
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” -Genesis 2:2-3
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:1-3
“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:15-16
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”-Matthew 11:28-30
Megan Ludke is a woman of God, Founder and Executive Director of Live RecoverED (formerly RecoverED Athletes), a school-based physical therapist, and a current PSU graduate student (M.Ed. Health Education & Promotion concentration in Eating Disorders). She is recovered from anorexia, orthorexia, depression, OCD, and social anxiety. Megan is deeply passionate about her work at Live RecoverED, having felt the pain and darkness of struggling with an eating disorder. When not working, Megan loves spending time with her boyfriend and family and loves being outside- hiking or reading in a hammock.