"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." - John Lubbock
As we move into summer, the weather warms, and the rhythm of school falls away, now is the time to invest in rest. Rest is an important investment in our own mental and physical health, providing us with the chance to be fully present, recharge our batteries, banish stress, and feel more at peace.
We have invested so much into the lives of our children, coping with trying to keep our family safe during this health crisis. After months of multitasking and managing frayed nerves from handling work, at home learning, entertaining children under restricted conditions, and maintaining households amidst challenges we’ve never faced before, we need to rest and recover. After hearing about rising cases of Covid-19 here in our province, country, and around the world, we need some rest from worry. After making massive adjustments to the ‘new normal’ of a pandemic world, we need rest from hyper vigilance and exhaustion. After processing the collective grief many of us have felt over the losses of the past few months, we need rest from feelings of impoverished physical contact and unguarded in-person contact and connections.
As we are guided by our public health authorities, our investment needs to shift to our own self-care which has been easy to ignore given the pressing needs that have surrounded us. Giving ourselves permission to rest means allowing time for self-care that may find us doing something inactive or something active. The key is to feel the sense of winding down and avoid anything that feeds our need for productivity or introduce thoughts that bring about stress. Rest might include:
- A trip to the beach
- Lying in a hammock
- Playing with a pet
- Walking in the park
- Hiking a trail
- Engaging in a board game
- Reading a book purely for pleasure
- Enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee or tea with family or friends
Regardless of how you find a state of rest, we encourage you to take some time to lose the productivity drive and take care of yourself. This summer, invest in rest.
Submitted by: Wendy Turriff and Graeme Swan, Junior School Counsellors