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The last time we moved was over 15 years ago and at that time I had a baby, a preschooler and a husband that was working full time outside of our home. There were a lot of things pulling for my attention and well… it was stressful to say the least. In fact, we’ve discussed moving several times over the last decade and a half, but it’s taken me this long to be willing to do it again.
They say you forget the pains of childbirth, but I don’t think the same is true of relocating.
Plus, we’ve accumulated 15 years worth of stuff. Oh the stuff! I have so many thoughts about the stuff… but I’ll save that for another time.
Once we made the decision to sell our home and buy a new one, my attention shifted to wanting to be intentional through this move… specifically to minimize the stress and take time to rest. Today I want to talk about the rest part.
Whether you are moving, getting married or graduating and heading off on a new career path, big life events have a way of making us push ourselves harder than necessary. We don’t take time to rest and recharge. We convince ourselves that we are somehow different and can “do it all” with little or no rest.
Yeah… we need to get over that. It never works. Never.
So here is what is keeping me sane right now and my best tips for getting rest during our big life change:
Go for a walk. There is nothing like a brisk walk and a little fresh air to renew your spirit and help you find your second wind. Plus getting outside of your physical situation is an amazing way to disconnect from your world for a while and find some new perspective.
Get together with a friend. When the kids were small, it was easy to get together with girlfriends over playdates. But as everyone got older and schedules got busier, making time to catch-up with my friends became a whole lot harder. Now that I am working part-time I’ve made it a priority to schedule time with at least one girlfriend each week and I never regret our time together. I’m finding this is especially important right now… my girls are keeping me grounded and providing a healthy retreat during a chaotic life transition.
Don’t forget about date night. Moving to a new home can really put a relationship to the test with all the tasks to be done and the emotions involved. Getting away for a quick date night can offer a much-needed reminder as to why you are making the move with your significant other in the first place.
Sit and enjoy a delicious beverage. Sometimes when we are going through a big change in life, it can seem like there are a thousand things that need to get done. Stopping and sitting with your favorite cup of tea can feel like a luxury you just don’t have time for. However, taking a few moments to recharge with a rich and creamy drink can be just the pampering to really help you go the distance in a major life event.
Although I’m more of a traditional coffee drinker first thing in the morning, by the afternoon I like to mix things up and enjoy a flavorful tea. I’m a big fan of TAZO® Chai Latte and living in the Pacific Northwest it’s perfect for savoring no matter what the weather is serving up outside.
I particularly like that the Sweet Meets Spicy Collection is not overly sweet or too spicy. Chai can be tricky, but TAZO® Chai Latte hits a wonderful balance between the two flavors and gives it an exotic twist.
Plus it’s so easy to make for a short break in the middle of a busy day. Just pour the latte packet into your mug and then brew your TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod into it. Stir and enjoy that sweet and spicy aroma! And don’t forget the best part… you can make it in the comfort of your own home. No need to feel guilty about stepping away from the tasks at hand for too long.
Sitting down with a TAZO® Chai Latte and a light snack is a great way to relax and rejuvenate your spirit in the midst of a busy season. Let’s be honest, I’ve found when I’m running on empty and life throws me a curve ball (which it always does), I never handle it as well as I’d like to.
In the grand scheme of things, there’s no reason to not stop and take that time to rest. There will always be another item on the “to-do” list, but unless we are hitting pause to recharge, life can swiftly unravel. No matter what you’ve got going on, I encourage you to take the time to pause and rest… even if it’s just for a few minutes.
What is your favorite approach to taking care of yourself during a major life change? Do you have a special way you hit pause on your day? Have you tried the TAZO® Chai Latte?