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- Rebecca Hauder

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Make Time for Leisure

August 8, 2016

"Life is lived in the pauses, not the events." ~Hugh Prather

Busyness, like cleanliness, is next to godliness, or at least that was my childhood take-away message. But, I also learned that one day each week-the Sabbath-was set aside for morning church services, followed by an afternoon of rest and leisure. Extended naps, reading, and relaxed drives in the country were the norm.
Though I frequently attend worship services on Sunday, I seldom set aside the rest of the day for sheer leisure. My distractions are numerous: The computer allows me to work from home-as I'm doing right now. My cell phone--usually at my side--lures me into responding to texts and emails, and a stack of mail beckons me to the office.
Thankfully, I'm not quite as driven as I used to be. I've learned that it's impossible to be effective and efficient in my labors, particularly in my helping roles, without making time for rest and relaxation. Activities like hiking, bicycling, reading for pleasure, playing the ukulele, and socializing with friends help me relax and bring renewed perspective, balance, and fresh energy for my work.

When do you make time for leisure, and what activities bring needed renewal?  

If you are a caregiver, personal or professional, check out these and other ideas for self-care in my recently published book, The Nature of Caregiving: Photographs and Words to Inspire Self-Care.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Hauder

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