There are some seasons of life when we move at a breakneck pace, more or less by our own choice. We take on too much, overcommit, overschedule, and overwhelm ourselves. In these cases, I’m a big advocate of saying no and paring back so we can seek the rest we need.
But there are other seasons of life when true, full rest is out of reach altogether, and there’s nothing we can really do about it except ride it out and remind ourselves that this is temporary, that this too shall pass. I find that many of these seasons come during major life transitions — moving, starting a new job, planning a wedding, or having a baby. These are such good things, but the sheer enormity of these changes and the adjustments that come along with them can drown us if we’re not careful.
I think the keys to surviving these seasons are to know they are temporary and to sneak in little moments of rejuvenation and self-care so we don’t totally lose our sanity before they pass. Here are some ideas for you if you find yourself stuck in a season of too much, too fast — when true rest is out of reach but you need some restoration all the same.