Within 24 hours from leaving Höör on Wednesday, we reached our destination in the inland of the Aquitaine region in the southwest of France. With 1,5 hours of sleep in the car on a parking lot south of Paris we were happy to find our way very well the last few hours of driving.
After a warm greeting and a quick tour we went for a short walk in the tiny town we’re now staying. Got back to the house, had some tea and then slept for about half an hour.
That’s what this post is actually about. To rest and sleep. Because that’s an basic need as humans, and yet quite a few of us tend to skip the need of rest and sleep in order to be more “effective” or to be able to do more things during our waking hours.
This morning we got to sleep in. Wivan woke up around 9 am and went downstairs to talk to the house owners before they left. And then she took a nap on the sofa.
Anders woke up a few hours later and have been up since while Wivan had a hard time staying awake and had another nap by noon :-).
Our bodies are wise, thay know we need lots of rest to settle down and recover from weeks of extreme situations with many emotionally strong moments, lots of packing and planning, hard work and at the same time selling the house. An extreme car trip on top of that and it’s no wonder we’re tired, confused and in need of “nothingness”.
Our thoughts keep saying we “should” go outside, that we ought to do some sightseeing, that the blog needs to be updated, that we should write to everyone who’s written comments on Facebook and that we absolutely have to start practice French… Among lots of other things.
Our bodies keep on being wiser than that and reminds of rest and the knowledge that things will be solved and sorted out in due time. Just have to remember that we do so much better after some sleep or hours of doing “nothing”. A nice walk, some excercise, a movie, some reading or cooking can also do as great recovery and landing – there’s no one and only way.
At times it seems to be of great importance to do stuff, to be effective, to get things done. And yet other times it’s far more important to remember we first need to take care of ourselves and listen to warnings, such as normally fun activities seeming dull or that the thinking is’nt working properly – those are signs of need to slow down, to rest or to let go for a while and maybe do something totally different.
How do you listen to your signs and signals? And what’s your favourite way of resting?
Here are some more pictures from our trip from Sweden to France: