(resting with my cat last night)

I was exhausted by Sunday afternoon. I had a full weekend of social activities, making Thanksgiving cards with my daughter, cleaning, and singing in the choir. So after Sunday’s potluck all I wanted to do was sleep.

My throat itched and my body felt like a blanket of steel was flattening me. I knew I was coming down with something.

I couldn’t get sick right now. I am helping lead worship on Thursday and singing in my first ever trio.

I knew rest was my prescription. Skipping my Messiah choral group practice, I slept for 3 hours. I took my zinc and watched no news.

I was still tired enough Sunday night to go to bed early. Monday I woke up later than usual. I kept water at my desk as I worked but didn’t go to the evening concert I had planned. I watched TV and napped.

Tuesday I quit work early and went to see Mockingjay with my daughter. Then ordered pizza for dinner, canceled on Zumba and rested some more. Late to bed and late to rise.

This morning I am feeling much better after listening to my body and resting.

Had I not needed to sing Thanksgiving though, I may have pushed through instead of rested.

How about you? Has your body been calling for rest?

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  • Michele

    Beth, how smart of you to listen to your body. Why don’t we do it more often? So many times I say to myself, I’ll just do one more thing and then I can rest. Only I can give myself permission to rest.

    I promised myself, I would be careful to balance work and rest throughout the holiday season. So far so good. Usually I do so much that I am in lots of pain and am crabby. No one benefits then. If it doesn’t get done, oh, well, family loves me anyway. I have also been reading more in the Bible and my devotional. Has made an improvement in my attitude!

    I appreciate your down to earth newsletters. Thank you, Beth

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving time and a Merry Christmas.

    Resting in Jesus, Michele

  • Beth Dargis

    That’s right. People love us more for who we are than what we do. I love that description “down to earth” for the newsletter. Thanks!

  • matty

    I was in bed at 9 last night and up at 8:15 this morning because my body wasn’t very satisfied with my choices. I have the week off from work and thought I needed to “get done everything on the list” this week. It seems my body has other plans…. and I need to listen. It is wise to pay attention to our bodies as it really wants us to be healthy and strong…

  • Beth Dargis

    Yes isn’t it funny, Matty we tend to see time off work as a time to get as much done as possible. So when exactly are we supposed to rest from work 🙂

  • dmarie

    I think all women must be familiar with “the push.” And it’s so appreciated to hear other people share how they take care of themselves. I’ve started to just confess to others when I choose self-care instead of “the push” and I’m hoping that it’s contagious. I read a similar topic on another blog that I follow that I thought perhaps you and your readers may appreciate: http://guesswhatnormalis.com/2015/12/self-care-is-not-selfishness-its-ones-lifeblood/

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