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Rest Makes Less Stress

I decided to stir up a batch of cookies today.

cookie dough
Nutella Cookies!

I used a recipe from our favorite gluten free cookbook, How Can it Be Gluten Free. I was reading over the instructions because it had been a while since I had made them when I came across this note:




Resting the dough for 30 minutes keeps the cookies from spreading too much.

I was then reminded …

… of an article I read by Tim Elmore founder and president of Growing Leaders, “How to Undo Our Biggest Mistake in Leading Students“. In short, Elmore said that our children need resting time between all their activities. (I’m thinking we all need some directed time to rest so that we aren’t jumping from one thing to another.

I remember when

I was in elementary school, we had a morning recess AND and afternoon recess. In Middle School,  we had an ice cream break and since we were in Wisconsin, we had a morning milk break. .. just ten minutes or so.

Today in the schools,

I hear that there is a big push to get more done. They have virtually removed recess and study halls from the day. And good luck having music and art. They tell me there is no time for such as these.

I homeschooled my children from kindergarten through high school. Being a “get-er-done” kind of person, I wanted to push my children to finish their work quickly, so that we had time for other fun things later. But I quickly learned that if the frustration level started to rise, it was time for a break. And we would go outside and play for a bit.

Amazing, when we returned to our work, it usually went smoothly and quickly. And with no tears. I’m thinking kids (and adults) need some down time for their brains in order to excel.

That “stirred up” another thought

Our bodies, our brains, our soul all need some down time to keep from falling flat like the cookies.

A Few Things to Try

Let’s make a concerted effort to add rest into our days and weeks. Here are a few ideas gleaned from Mr. Elmore.

  1. Cut out an activity or two
  2. Plan for a quiet time each day. Elmore said, “Let kids play for 30 minutes when they get home from school.”
  3. Organize your time into specific activities instead of jumping from one to another
  4. Plan to listen to some music between each activity.
  5. Do some coloring with your kids or grandkids.
  6. Make some cookies! 🙂

Permission Given!

Yum! Cookies
Want a taste?

Alright, then, I give you permission to stop what you are doing and take a 10-15 minute rest from everything. Go on. Do it!

Go make a cup of coffee, grab a cookie or two and go sit on the back porch and listen to the birds sing.

I know I’m ready for some music listening while I finish baking these cookies!

signed Mandy








P.S. They say that coloring is a great stress reliever. I’ve just found a great Bible journal kit that uses coloring. Come back next week and take a look.

2 thoughts on “Rest Makes Less Stress

  1. Thanks. The cookies are amazing. I just took a peanut butter cookie recipe and substituted the peanut butter with Nutella. Then I added some crushed almonds on top. Oh so good! Like brownies!

  2. Dear Mandy,
    Thanks for these great ideas and thoughts on finding rest. I remember doing the same things with my children when we were homeschooling! “Recess” was just as necessary as the other parts of the day. And we still need those times of rest, don’t we? Those cookies look amazing! 🙂

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