Guest Blogger: Rest for the Wicked

I’d like to introduce Eryn Stennes or as I like to call her my “Eryn Girl.” I’m not sure that I have the right words to describe someone that is so amazing. Eryn is married to her sweetheart, mother to 4 awesome crazy kids and loves being a Zumba instructor. (She even dragged me there once, don’t tell her but I really enjoyed it.) As my “Eryn Girl” she keeps me straight, making sure that I follow up with all of the things that need to get done with my rapidly growing team. Without her, lets face it, I’d be totally lost. Eryn is gifted as a writer and really enjoys researching anything that has to to with essential oils. She loves cupcakes, road trips, mason jars and Starbucks. I am so lucky that I get to work with this brilliant passionate woman but I’m even more blessed that I get to call her my dear friend. What could be better than that?

“No rest for the wicked.”  Earlier this week Ronai shared how she lost her voice, in part due to lack of rest.  We all know we need rest.  We hear the studies all the time: 7-8 hours of sleep for the average adult is recommended by multiple sources including Mayo Clinic and Sleep Foundation.org.  Do you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night? Do you laugh as hard as I do at that question?

You’re not alone.The CDC has call the lack of sleep a “Public Health Epidemic” (CDC, 2014) and the lack of sleep extends around the globe.  Check out where countries land on how much sleep they get?  Aside from that completely embarassing nod-off during the day there are 1,550 autobomile fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal automobile injuries annually in the United States (CDC, 2014).  Lack of sleep is killing us, literally.

Not only that but if I were to ask you what you do to aid in sleeping what would you say?  I know a lot of people that pop pills.  My personal horrible habit is turning the TV on.  Or the endless scrolling through a handful of different apps on my phone ::cough cough:: Facebook ::cough:: Pinterest ::cough:: Buzzfeed ::cough:: Instagram ::cough::.  Anyone with me?  With 4 kids, a working husband, teaching Zumba®, loving essential oils, and nannying part time I can hardly find time to rest much less sleep.  It’s as if my kids have installed buttons on all seats in the house that only trigger when I sit down.

ALL the things we have to do: Breakfast, get the kids to school (did they get all their homework done, nope, finish that math sheet), get to work (did I eat breakfast?), go to that meeting (did I read all 50 emails this morning?), skip lunch (urgent meeting schedule, I’m watching my weight anyway. Maybe I’ll grab a Starbucks on my way-YUM), realize we forgot to put the food in the crockpot (drive through it is), race home to get the kids (little Johnny was bullied again today, if I ever meet that kid’s parents!), start the homework with the kids (how much homework can a 2nd grader GET!), off to the activities (Sally has dance tonight, for THREE HOURS!), can I go to bed yet?  Now lets clean up from dinner (at least its just paper bags from drivethrough), get the kids ready for bed (just one more book), wait, you didn’t brush your teet? Now you need a drink? Why are you doing karate in your room at 9 PM!?  Fold some of the laundry (maybe it’ll get put away tomorrow. Probably not).  Did I even HUG my kids today?

Sit. Right now.  Are you sitting?  Good, now breathe.  Again.

When did you rest today?  Did you?

Some one wise once told me they didn’t schedule more than 2 nights, 3 tops, a week where their family was out of the house.  You and your family will not miss out on life because you didn’t participate in 3 activities.  You will miss out on life because you didn’t live it together.  You didn’t rest together.  The best times of my life are wrestling with my 4 kids in my living room.  Sure I’m proud of them when I watch them participate in sports! I’m prouder that they love to be together and know when to say they’ve had enough.  I’m proud they know when they’ve exhausted themselves and can’t push themselves any more.  I would be lying if I said I kept to 2 nights a week.  Most of the time we do but we have crazy weeks or a crazy month.  Heck this week has been insane, AND IT’S NOT OVER!  But I encourage you to keep sitting for 5 minutes.  Shut down your electronic device and just be.

You are good.  Your family is good.  Your life is good.  There is no wickedness here so rest.

I challenge you to have an electronics curfew.  Every electronic in the house is shut off (or ignored) after a certain time.  Go to bed before tomorrow starts and trust that what needs to happen will happen.  The laundry can wait.

If you would like more information about which essential oil brand I use that is safe for me and my family, please email me.

References

Morgenthaler, T., M.D. (2013). How many hours of sleep are enough for good health? Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/how… on Feb. 24, 2015.

Sleep Foundation.org. (2014). How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? Retrieved from http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need on Feb. 24, 2015.

CDC.gov. Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/ on Feb. 25, 2015).

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