One thing I’d like to start doing this year is implementing a Sabbath day in my week. Since I work Monday through Fridays and usually run errands on Saturdays, Sunday is the perfect day for my personal Sabbath (and when my husband doesn’t work on some Sundays, this is a great time for us to relax together). Last week Sunday was New Year’s Day, and the perfect Sabbath kick-off. We slept in late, spent a lot of time talking about the future, did a little bit of cleaning, lounged around on the couch, and went out for dinner and a movie. I don’t advocate cleaning or going out much on Sabbath days, but it was personally a good start for us and every moment was full of joy. It was a day that we truly needed.
Actually, my entire first week of January was incredibly relaxing. Work wasn’t terribly hectic and every evening was free for me to unwind. I can’t remember the last time I had a week with no evening commitments. What a glorious thing to have sometimes. I am cherishing every moment while I can, because I know not every week will be like this. I’m also looking forward to using some of those evenings to reconnect with my friends.
Today was absolutely lovely. I slept in a little bit, worked out with my husband, enjoyed a simple breakfast with him, hung out with my cats, washed my clothes, continued reading a couple books, drank tea, texted some friends, cooked a light lunch using leftovers, listened to music, and wrote this post. I know I will go to work tomorrow feeling refreshed!
I highly recommend you carve out some time for a Sabbath if you haven’t already. Your week probably seems busy with work, school, appointments, kids, errands, driving around, and other commitments. Then you have to cook/eat, clean, find time to sleep, maintain relationships, and overall just never get a chance to rest! Resting is just as important as being productive. Without rest, your body works and works until it burns out. With rest, your body is recharged and ready to dive back into your busy schedule! Find one day you can keep to yourself. If a whole day just isn’t feasible, carve out a few hours in an afternoon and slowly increase the time.
What To Do On A Sabbath
- Read a book.
- Listen to music.
- Play a board game.
- Watch a movie.
- Play outside.
- Go for a walk.
- Take photographs.
- Create something.
- Make love.
- Spend time with your family.
- Pray. Meditate. Spent time in quiet.
What NOT To Do On A Sabbath
- Anything work-related. No emails. No phone calls. No thoughts.
- Cleaning. Create time to clean the day before.
- Laundry. Make sure everything has been done earlier.
- Working on the house or in the garden (unless that’s your hobby).
- Shopping. Do your shopping earlier in the week.
- Finances. No paying bills, balancing checkbooks, nothing.
What to Limit On A Sabbath
- Time on the Internet and within social media.
- Your phone. Putting it away or turning it off is best.
- Cooking. You obviously have to eat, but try to prepare meals ahead of time if you can, or make this the night you throw a frozen pizza in the oven.
- Cleaning. Cleaning a recent spilled mess is fine, but try to avoid whipping out the vacuuming or giving your bathroom a complete scrub-down. Have dirty dishes? Put them in the dishwasher or clean them right away. If you’re not cooking on Sabbath, you shouldn’t have too many dishes to clean anyway.
- Workouts. Sometimes your Sabbath seems like the best day for you to work out, but your body really needs to rest. Try not to make it a habit of working out on your Sabbath day. Some relaxing yoga might be OK.
Of course, no Sabbath has to be perfect, and we all have different things we enjoy doing, so create your Sabbath to make it the day you want it to be. What could you add to the list above? If you already have a Sabbath day, how do you spend it?