Best Laid Plans

Episode #185: Thoughts On Resting Well

February 12, 2024

This episode is dedicated to a discussion of rest – something we all need. I discuss my recent need for some down time and explore ways to truly rest well even with the challenges of work, kids, and more.

Books Mentioned:
Real Self Care by Pooja Lakshmin
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Wintering by Katherine May
Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey
A Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control by Katherine Morgan Schafler

Elisabeth’s “Year of Shmita

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  • Reply Elisabeth February 12, 2024 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for the shout-out! Listening to the episode now. You know I AM HERE for a post all about rest. (Ironic since I stayed up way too late staying up watching the Superbowl…but it only happens once a year.)

  • Reply Daria February 12, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    What a wonderful episode. Rest is something I need to prioritize. Even when my body is resting my mind goes “what should you be doing that is productive?”

  • Reply Elissa February 13, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    This was a great and needed episode, especially in the “hustle” culture we are living in (in the US). It’s something I’ve been dwelling on too, especially in the past year (getting older has meant really needing to prioritize where my energy, stamina, and time is going). Just like in working out, we cannot feel guilty to take rest. Wonderful job discussing!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 13, 2024 at 1:14 pm

      thank you so much Elissa!

  • Reply Sophie February 13, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    Loved this episode! Had a super busy week last week with work travel, and I ended up needing extra rest on Saturday- I had two (!) naps, did reading, and watched TV, with some very low key parenting duties, and it was so good! By Sunday I had my energy back. Our bodies know what we need if we listen.

    I also loved the book Wintering! The whole book was calming and beautifully written and I loved the message.

    Thanks for a great episode! 🙂

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