Is there rest for the weary?

One of the things I’m trying to do is to be more intentional about sleep.  My body needs good sleep and quite frankly, I need about 9 hours a night.

How in the world does a mom get the sleep she needs?

I’ve found there’s one way to make it happen: she leaves things undone.

Easy to say but oh so hard to do. Sometimes I have to leave laundry undone, dishes unwashed, clutter I wanted to put away still out, and blog posts not finished.  At night those are so hard to leave undone.

Yet what I leave undone helps to to not become undone the next day. 

I trade undone chores for more patience, better health, a clear mind, and more energy. Let’s face it, I’m a nicer mom and a better wife when I’m well rested.

You know what else I’ve learned?  The undone chores don’t look so bad in the morning when I’m tackling them with a rested mind and body!

So how about you? How do you get the rest you need? 

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5 Responses to Is there rest for the weary?

  1. Tristi says:

    I do this very thing but often feel guilty about it. Thanks for making me feel a little bit more normal! (and that it might even be a good thing).

  2. Kara Humphrey says:

    This is something I’ve been trying to implement lately, but like Tristi, I also struggle with feeling guilty about leaving things undone. Thanks for making me not feel alone in the battle to put well-restedness above chores!

  3. Vicky says:

    It’s not hard for me to leave things undone around the house. However, it is very annoying for my husband when I do. So he helps out A LOT 🙂

  4. SageAlum says:

    Great post Jill, its nice to have confirmation from others that this is “ok to do”. I am “lucky” because my 4yo still takes naps, as long as I lay down with him. So I get a little extra sleep that way, which allows me to stay up later in the evening to get some extra tasks done, as long as they are quiet ones. There’s always more to do, and I feel better when I’m not run down. Go to bed at a decent time, and you’ll have more energy to get more done the next day.

  5. Shelly Burke says:

    I have a bad habit of forcing myself to stay awake at night to read. One night I realized how silly this was–I wasn’t comprehending what I was reading anyway, and clearly needed SLEEP! Since then I’ve tried to turn off the light when my eyelids get droopy, even if it is “early.” When I get even a couple extra minutes of sleep it makes a huge difference!

    I’ve found that I get more done when I get up early in the morning, and I motivate myself to do this by rewarding getting up early with going to bed early. When I do this I get more done, so when evening comes I don’t feel guilty about leaving some things undone–knowing I’ll be up early to start again.

    Thanks for a great post!

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