Be Easy on Yourself

As we’re all in a very similar season and adjusting to our new normal, I wanted to send a reminder that it’s okay to ease up on yourself, especially now. I am really thankful to have a job during this pandemic, but I am finding myself to have more free time than ever when I’m not working. I’m sure you can currently relate to this. The pressure of grinding and using our free time wisely can get a little overwhelming when we don’t make space for rest. I know I have dreams I still want to pursue and an endless to-do list, so the thought of pausing can seem off. But if I don’t remind myself to slow down, I will only end up burnt out in that journey.

Even Jesus invites us to a life of rest. “Come find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He doesn’t just invite us to a life of rest for our bodies, but at a far deeper level for our souls. It’s not that we should look for an escape or plan our next vacation, instead it’s finding rest for our souls and to just be still.

Life can get busy. Sometimes you can be in such a hurry that you won’t experience emotionally healthy and spiritually rich and vibrant lives. Now…the world is at a pause. As we move through our quarantine days, we can choose to slow down and pay attention to our bodies and the sensations of hurry. We have more time than ever to dive deeper into our souls and notice what inhibit’s our ability to be present in love.

Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely found myself intensely cleaning and re-organizing my home on my days off. I know I rest better with a pleasant living environment. I’ve also been finding new ways to stay active. But when I take time to read, stretch, journal, watch the sun go down, ponder my thoughts, stare at my own shadows, play music, or walk in nature, I don’t feel guilty for not being “productive enough.” I enjoy taking time to breathe and practice gratitude. Rest can look different for everyone. We can just simply be and not be ashamed of this.

All we have is the present. The here and now moments. I don’t want to rush these moments. The more present we are to the now, the more grateful we are for what is. I find comfort in knowing that we don’t have to carry life’s burdens alone. With Jesus, we can carry the weight of life with ease and joy. What would it look like for you to slow down today?

Be easy on yourself.


53 Replies to “Be Easy on Yourself”

  1. Well said. I can relate and feel as though there is a sense of internal pressure and need to do something productive during my down time.

    Decluttering and organizing is such a stress reliever but itโ€™s nice to sit at home doing nothing or watching some tv.

  2. Iโ€™m glad someone else feels like this. There seems to be a looming pressure to accomplish things, but in a stressful state sometimes all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch the latest season of survivor. I love your encouragement and reminder to take care of ourselves and how to rest our souls. Weโ€™re entitled to give ourselves some grace sometimes, too. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. I think that we are so used to be hard on ourselves that we forget that we have to take things slowly in order to maintain our mental health and to be efficient in every aspect of our lives.

  4. OMG, YES!!! I keep saying that the pandemic is not a productivity contest. We have a little baby, so I’m already tired beyond measure. I’m doing my best to stay productive, because I still have to work, but I make sure that I give myself a day off here and there to just soak up the pleasures of being at home and to focus on my family โค๏ธ Even if I have a lot of work to do, it’s ok to slack off and recharge sometimes ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. There is a lot of preasure during these hard times, and you are totally right. We need to be easy on ourselves. We are goingn through a pandemic, there is a lot to take right now. So if you need to relax and sit back just do it. You deserve to be happy and enjoy beign alive.

  6. I have to say that I haven’t been productive at all and I have felt bad about it. But in the end, I have enjoyed the time off, spent more time with my family and relaxed.

  7. What a lovely post. The black and white photos are just perfect as they take you back to time when time seemed to flow slower and people had more time for themselves and for others.

  8. The title itself says it all. I agree that we can’t be hard on ourselves all the time.

    -Shilpa bindlish

  9. This pandemic taught us to take a break from our busy lives. People are going home and stay with their families. There are more bonding moments between parents and kids which seldom happens when parents have to go out for work. I hope that after this pandemic we will have a more quality life.

  10. Everyone has dark times every so often, however itโ€™s important to give yourself a break, love the picture too

  11. Great reminder that all of us should be easy on ourselves from time-to-time. Especially Jesus’ analogy. Saving this pin

  12. I can relate to this especially now in this global pandemic time. We should reserve our energy and resources in the right time. Always enjoy and savor the moment.

  13. I heard it once said if the devil canโ€™t make you bad he will make you busy. In a culture that is obsessed with business, Jesus is inviting us to rest.