“What I like doing best is Nothing.”
“How do you do Nothing,” asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.
“Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it.
It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
“Oh!” said Pooh.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
I hope you had a Merry Christmas! While I was rather homesick to be back on the East Coast with family, I managed to stay quite busy with lots of fun here with my husband and cousin. And I’m sure we are all still recovering from the Christmas hustle and bustle.
Which is why this blog post is about 4 simple ways to do nothing in Winnie-the-Pooh fashion. Post Christmas self-care is how I like to think of it. Our culture has come to recognize and even appreciate the importance of self-care; setting aside a little time now and then to recharge, restore and rest. Work, social obligations and tidy homes are a lot to keep up with, especially around the holidays when expectations seem to double. When you pour out all of your energy and time on others, it is vital for the mind and soul to find some rest. Otherwise motivation and energy drain quickly.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
However, I tend to find myself filling self-care time with actual chores in disguise. It’s far too easy to let my quiet times fill with tasks that do not allow me to quiet my mind and rest. This is the overachiever coming out and recently I have learned I need to be more strict with this character trait. So I made a list in my journal of favorite calming activities to choose from when I truly need a few minutes of down time. These are the things that help me quiet my heart and shift my focus from daily worries. With a full-time job or little ones to care for, you might only find ten minutes in the evening once in a while but it will be well worth it for your mind and soul.
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14
As Maria from The Sound of Music would say, “these are a few of my favorite things.”
- Bubble bath with candles. This might seem cliche’ but it never fails to help me relax. With no distractions such as cell phones, I find it leads me to clear my mind, pray and release worries to Jesus. And now that I’m obsessed with essential oils, I always add 6 drops of Lavender oil to the water. Lavender is calming but it also helps your body release toxins! And an extra drop or two of Tea Tree or Frankincense oil is wonderful for your skin.
- Hot cup of tea and a book. I love Teavana for my loose leaf teas and right now they are having their major annual sale. But a basic Peppermint tea bag from Celestial Seasonings will always be my favorite. And right now I’m reading The Perfume Collector: a novel by Kathleen Tessaro on my nook.
- Coloring and listening to worship music. This is quite the trend right now but I have to explain that my sisters and I have been coloring for years together before it was the popular thing to do. Actually, we never really stopped coloring since childhood. Before it was an “acceptable adult activity”, all we used were Disney Princess and Strawberry Shortcake coloring books. No matter how old we are or far away we move, coloring together while we chat is a pleasant pass time. And now that it is a trend, we have so many more intricate coloring books to pick from! If you didn’t get one for Christmas, you can print a free sheet from a huge list of options another great blogger compiled here.
- Cutting up a Magazine! My absolute favorite magazine is Daphne’s Diary, a charming UK magazine full of short articles on vintage markets, unique crafters, yummy recipes and actual pop out crafts projects you can do in a minute as well as pretty stickers you can tear from the spine. And it always has a coloring page to boot! My Mom bought me the Christmas edition a few years ago and I’ve been in love with it ever since. It’s on the pricey side for a magazine but it’s entirely worth it for the quality paper and cut out crafts and stickers. The editor is brilliant and creative. I think I’d love to have her as a friend. You can subscribe in the link above or find it in Michael’s Craft Store, Joann’s Fabric or Barnes and Noble.
I hope you enjoy trying something from this list or are encouraged to make your own self-care compilation. Find time to rest and be refreshed so that you can in turn better give of yourself to others.