I recently learned a lesson about the importance of rest. I’m pregnant while homeschooling – and boy does that require energy! During those first few months of sickness and exhaustion I was lucky if I made it to 2pm without falling asleep standing up. Okay, yes I’m exaggerating, but you probably know how I felt.
I couldn’t make it through the day without a nap. And at first I felt guilty about it. I tortured myself with all the things I should have been doing or could have done had I not slept. I chided myself about the quick meals I threw together at the last moment and about how the laundry pile was larger than usual.
But then, after much thought and encouragement from my husband, I realized the importance of rest.
Don’t Feel Guilty, It’s Good For Your Health
You need rest – even when you’re not pregnant. It’s natural and very important for your health. Not getting enough rest is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes and more. Not least of which is a classic case of the Grumpy Mommy. When well rested, I felt better and in turn I was more patient with my kids. A rested mom means a much happier household.
You’re Setting a Good Example
In a culture where we are often running from one activity to another, taking medicine to push through a cold or staying up late in an attempt to “do it all”, it’s good for our children to see us taking care of ourselves. I had to ask myself - would I want a daughter to push herself to the edge, or care for her body? It’s an easy choice when you think of what you would want a loved one to do.
It’s Not Just About Sleep – It’s About Evaluation
Last week, while doing an Apologia Bible Study with my kids, we read about creation. This section addressed how God rested on the seventh day, and gave a very enlightening point of view I had never considered. This is what was said:
On day seven God rested. This does not mean that God was tired or that He needed a day off. When the Bible says God rested, it means that He had completed His work. In doing so, He set an example for us to follow.
That was so eye opening to me! Resting doesn’t always have to be about a need. It can simply be a time to evaluate or admire. If we do not rest in our days or our homeschool years it can be all to difficult to see the big picture. Sometimes we just need to pause – rest – to see just how much we have accomplished, and that it is good.
Homeschool mom, do you need to step away from your harried schedule and mid year frenzy of trying to get it all done? Take some time to rest! Give yourself and your children some time to admire your accomplishments.