Importance of Rest and Inspiration

Happy Spring! It’s been a few weeks!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing such low energy I can only think it’s due to daylight savings, the season changing, and allergies. I’ve been napping and sleeping like it’s my second job. But today, on this bright sunny day, I’ve got a little juice to get stuff done.

Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves a break.

Why else were hammocks invented other than to let you rest anywhere? Photo by  Vu Thu Giang  on  Unsplash

Why else were hammocks invented other than to let you rest anywhere? Photo by Vu Thu Giang on Unsplash

Let rest win out

As this month of sluggishness set in, I kept trying to get myself to “do something!” Get something done. One thing. Anything! Berating myself for being so lazy. Then went and took a 3-hour nap, and woke up and did it all over again.

No matter how hard I pushed, I just didn’t have the energy. So I decided to settle into hibernation mode. Forever. If I got some dishes done and put away a couple times a week, took a shower at least every other day, and left the house with pants on, I called it good.

I napped. Watched Netflix. Subscribed to Amazon Prime for a month. Made giant pots of food I could eat for a week. Listened to some podcasts and audio books. And focused on not spending.

And coffee definitely helped me today :) Photo by  Danielle MacInnes  on  Unsplash

And coffee definitely helped me today :) Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Coming out of hibernation

It felt like forever, but it’s been maybe 6 weeks. I started making lists again of things I wanted to get done around the house. Lists of things I might want to do with the house someday. Lists of things I should clean or tidy. And slowly, I’ve started picking out one or two things from my list to do.

Tasks can never be too small

Because of my lack of energy, I started writing down even the most mundane things on a list, if to be able to just cross it off. Things like, Post those 2 doors that have been on my front porch since I moved in on Craigslist. Or, Wash towels.

Today I posted several things for sale. Did some laundry. Made another pot of food. I even put pants on although I might not leave the house.

Inspire yourself

While you might not have your home exactly how you want it, and especially if you’ve been as lethargic as me, it can be helpful to wander through an internet gallery of spaces that inspire you. For me, since it tends to be dark here most of the year, I want a home that is light and sunny and ideally a bit more minimal than what I have.

Inspiration #1

Clean, crisp with layers of white and a pop of blue

Inspiration #2

Bright, boho, creative

What inspires you? How do you want your home to feel and look?