Wisdom Wednesday: You Have Permission to Rest

As I write this, I’m sitting at home in my apartment and wishing that I hadn’t woken up from a nap last night with a high fever… Time to replenish? That would be an understatement today.

Today’s post is a reminder, from me to you (and honestly to myself as well), that we all need to give ourselves a chance to rest from time to time.


“You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try and make everyone happy. For now, take time for you. It’s time to replenish.” -Unknown


I know that I’m not alone in saying that my life moves pretty darn fast. There’s constantly something happening and any “free time” that I have gets filled just about as quickly as I realize I’ve got it. I’ve heard it from classmates, friends, coworkers, etc. that in this day and age it seems that a lot of us, myself included, have forgotten how and when to slow down.

The last time that I gave myself a real break was when I was under the weather back in January and was basically forced to slow down. I’m finally starting to realize that I need to be sure to cut myself some slack and just relax and rejuvenate sometimes to avoid getting sick, because let’s face it, no one likes being sick!

Typically if I find out that I’ve got a free hour I end up working on a blog post or responding to emails. One of the promises I’m making to myself from now on is to give myself a real chance to rest and relax at least once a week. For now, I know that I can’t do this on a daily basis, but baby steps are important to reach a bigger goal. I’m hoping to make more of an effort to do things that are consciously relaxing, like yoga (which I always really enjoy), on a more regular basis.

Today, I challenge you to do the same. Give yourself a break!

I’m happy to say that I’m feeling a million times better this afternoon after a LOT of sleep, tea, and water. I’m just not a fan of having to remind myself that I’m not superwoman and I can’t always do everything that I want to do at the drop of a hat. But hey, I’m only human!


How do you ensure that you take the time to rest and rejuvenate on a regular basis?