Don’t underestimate power of rest

SOMETIMES you just need to lie on the couch and rest all weekend.
Well, that’s what I needed after a few hectic weeks at work and at home.
Usually, I am one to race around like a crazy person six out of seven days of the week, but on Saturday and Sunday my body was telling me I needed to rest and binge on some really bad reality TV for hours on end.
Why this is the cure for low energy levels, I don’t know, but it does work.
Too often I, like many, get wrapped up in trying to do my job well and forget to switch off when I arrive home.
Then, once arriving home, I apply added pressure to myself, expecting that I need to be a ‘do it all’ housemate.
I think it is easy to forget that the cooking, cleaning and washing will all be there tomorrow and ‘so what’ if I want to rest and relax on the couch, or in the bath – that’s actually okay.
Although my weekend of resting was great, it wasn’t without guilt.
Guilt that I am not lifting my weight and not helping Matt shoulder the load of being a homeowner.
That said, self-care is vital.
It is a concept that we all grapple with at times, but I think it is truly one of the most important things that will help us maintain the energy that we need to run out the rest of the week.
When you are feeling tired, a little overworked, or maybe this cold weather has your motivation levels dipping below zero, now is the time to stop.
Just relax, rest and remember any stresses you have today will still be there tomorrow.
Spend that weekend morning lying in and reading a book, go for a walk instead of doing washing, or just catch up on the latest Netflix series.
Until next week, keep your glasses full.
Cheers x

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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