If you’re reading this from the US, you know that Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away.
For many, the holiday break will be just as much (if not more) taxing as the average workweek.
So you’ll have to be deliberate about managing your energy and planning for rest.
You have to prioritize getting what you need to stay spiritually full.
This week’s intention
Thanksgiving experiences vary—retail workers barely have a holiday at all, many of us deal with mentally and emotionally challenging relatives, traveling can be physically draining, and even the most excited hosts among us can succumb to fatigue by the time the last guest leaves.
My intention is to plan for rest and renewal.
This week, before you jump into all the planning, cooking, shopping, working, hosting and traveling, take a moment to consider how and when you will make time for rest.
Journal on the topic of rest and be as specific as possible. Ask yourself:
- When will I be able to rest next week? What days and for how long?
- What do I want to do during my rest time (e.g. read, sleep, watch television, mediate, take a walk, all of the above)?
- Can I rest when I am around others or do I need to be alone?
- Who do I need to discuss my rest schedule with in advance?
- On days when no downtime can be found, how will I steal a few moments to reset (e.g. deep breathing exercises in the bathroom or praying silently for stamina)?
- Is there anyone else I should or could help find time to rest?
I pray you have a pleasant holiday and I’m grateful for our time together. I’ll be off resting next week and will see you in December!
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