My Sunday, My Time
Yes!!! It’s Sunday again. How I look forward to my Sundays. Don’t get me wrong, I like the other days of the week as well, but Sunday is my favorite. Sunday jump starts my everything.
Having a career along with being a wife and mother keeps me real busy. Homework, sports, cooking, cleaning, ministry, and the list goes on. Although I seize the day and conqueror each challenge, I long for the day when I can just relax. No more career, no more homework, no more sports, no more anything, just rest and relaxation. Problem is, I have no idea how to relax.
I am the kind of person that even when I think I am relaxing, I’m not. My mind is usually on overload, thinking of all the things I need to get done. That dreaded to-do list. I’m not only thinking about the next day, but I’m also thinking about the next week and even the next month. Who does that? This girl.
But to be honest, I like being busy, especially when it involves helping others. For me, helping others is like a White Chocolate Mocha Latte on a cold day that warms my insides and tastes good too. However, helping others as amazing as it is, can also lead to burnout, especially when you continually give to others but never give to yourself. Giving to others and not giving to myself is me all day long, but I was getting really close to burning out so I had to figure out how I could continue to help others and relax too, and I had to figure it out quickly.
Not too long ago, I ran across a post on Facebook with the words “Restored Over Everything” in big bold letters. I scrolled past the post but was compelled to go back and read it. As I read through the post, the words self-care and soul-care seemed to leap out at me. This piqued my interest, so I kept reading. By the time I got to the end of the post, I was convinced I needed to sign up for the seminar.
"Signing up for that seminar was the best decision I ever made."
One of the things I learned during the seminar was how to relax through self-care bathing. I was a bit skeptical at first because I thought bathing was meant for cleaning the body only, but I figured, what the heck if bathing can keep me from burnout, why not give it a try.
Well, I tried it and now I’m hooked. I now have a whole self-care bath routine. To set the atmosphere, I light a candle, then run my bathwater, which must be just the right temperature, hot, but not too hot. Then depending on my mood, I either add bubbles or a bath bomb to the water. I grab two towels from my linen closet and use one to rest my head on while I am soaking in the tub. I turn on some jazz or worship music or just sit and soak in silence. If I feel like it, I’ll have a glass of wine.
Self-care bathing is not about bathing, it’s about learning how to relax and love on yourself. I now look forward to the first day of the week every week. Knowing Sunday is just around the corner, brightens my whole life. I even find myself humming a little louder and stepping a little lighter the night before. I will forever cherish my Sunday’s Coming.