We live in a patriarchal society, where women are expected to conform to unrealistic and oppressive standards of beauty, behaviour, and achievement. We are expected to be perfect wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and employees, and we are often judged, criticized, and shamed for not meeting these expectations. We are made to feel bad when we don’t have it all together, all the time.
We are also expected to do it all without complaining, without
asking for help, and without taking a break. We are expected
to be strong, resilient, and self-sacrificing, and we are often
seen as weak, lazy, or selfish if we dare to rest.
But what if we told you that rest is not for the faint- hearted women, but for the brave, bold, and badass women? That rest is not a privilege, but a right? That rest is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Rest is for the warrior women, the one who fights for it, and here's why you need to claim your right to rest:
● Rest empowers you. Resting allows you to reclaim your time, energy, and autonomy. Resting allows you to set boundaries, say no, and prioritize your needs. Resting allows you to honour your body, mind, and spirit. Resting allows you to tap into your inner wisdom, intuition, and power.
● Rest liberates you. Resting frees you from the expectations, obligations, and pressures that society imposes on you. Resting frees you from the guilt, shame, and fear that hold you back. Resting frees you from the comparison, competition, and perfectionism that drain you. Resting frees you from the roles, labels, and stereotypes that limit you.
● Rest heals you. Resting restores your physical, mental, and emotional health. Resting reduces stress, inflammation, and pain. Resting boosts your immune system, metabolism, and hormones. Resting improves your mood, memory, and creativity. Resting prevents burnout, depression, and anxiety.
● Rest connects you. Resting deepens your relationship with yourself and others. Resting makes you more self-aware, self-compassionate, and self-confident. Resting makes you more empathetic, supportive, and respectful. Resting makes you more present, attentive, and authentic.
As you can see, rest does so much for you, because it benefits every aspect of your life. But how can you claim your right to rest in the demanding world we live in today?
Here are some tips on how to claim your right to rest:
● Recognize the value of rest. Don't let society tell you that rest is unimportant or unproductive. Don't let society make you feel guilty or selfish for resting. Don't let society convince you that rest is a sign of weakness or failure. Remember that rest is valuable and vital for your well-being and happiness.
● Challenge the patriarchy. Don't let society dictate how you should look, act, or achieve. Don't let society impose unrealistic and oppressive standards on you. Don't let society judge or shame you for being a human being who life is messy can be hard and messy. Remember that you are enough and worthy as you are. (Sending Love and hugs )
● Advocate for rest. Don't let your busy schedule deprive you of your right to rest. Don't let society exploit or abuse your time or energy. Don't let society ignore or dismiss your needs or desires. Remember that you have a voice and a choice in how you live your life. Sod time management – I’m talking TIME OWNERSHIP!
● Celebrate rest. After all there are 7 different types and all are worth celebrating. Don't let others discourage or diminish your joy of resting. Don't let society make you feel unproductive or guilty for resting. Remember that rest is enjoyable and rewarding in itself.
So give these tips a go, you will be able to claim your right to rest and experience the freedom and fulfilment that comes with it.
Rest is not for the faint-hearted women because it's an act of courage and rebellion. It's the ultimate way of loving yourself and others.
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