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Episode 120. The 6Rs of Rest & Recovery with Gillian Behnke

Episode 120

How do I want to feel today?

Are priorities and boundaries easy for you? Can you take a week off of work or a break from life and feel rested at the end of it? Are there moments in your life (like all of 2020 and now 2021) that have you feeling like you need to recover from an event or busy season?

Gillian Behnke is here to share 6 ideas with us that can help us on our road to (much needed!) rest and recovery. All 6 ideas begin with the letter R…but by the time we ended our chat, we’d come up with 14 Rs altogether. It’s a fun conversation that will encourage you to put yourself as a priority so you have the capacity to care for others.

Gillian’s Bio: As a busy mom of two, Gillian cares deeply about helping other moms feel better both mentally and physically. She believes that motherhood does not equal with exhaustion, and that it is possible to thrive mentally, emotionally, physically and professionally. Gillian is the founder of Mom Camp, a media and events company that empowers moms to live their best lives. She is also the host of the Mom Camp: Around the Campfire podcast.

In this episode, Gillian & I talk about:

  • Mom Camp
  • Identifying what our priorities are instead of a “to do” list
  • Burn out as a mom
  • Spending our time and energy on things that matter
  • Honoring every pregnancy as it comes instead of taking it for granted
  • Finding rest in summer time
  • The difference between rest and recovery
  • Rest as essential and a fundamental behavior
  • Recovery as seasonal
  • Seasons of hustle and stress
  • Six Steps to Recovery:
    • 1. Rest
    • 2. Relaxation
    • 3. Refuel
    • 4. Review
    • 5. Reward
    • 6. Refocus
    • (7. Resources)
    • Bonus Rs: Resilience, Reserves, Reset, Resources, Roles, Re-centering, Reframe, Reminder
  • Rest = prioritizing sleep, staying off of devices
  • The Sleep Revolution book by Ariana Huffington
  • How the snooze button on your alarm clock doesn’t serve you
  • How to pursue rest without being rigid
  • How being productive has become a default mode for many of
  • Relaxing while not taxing our brains
  • Shutting off our brains
  • Getting out of production mode
  • Focusing on the nutrients we put in our bodies
  • Dehydration
  • Fueling our bodies for everyday life and busy seasons
  • Book mention: Metibolical
  • Two different thoughts on nutrition…food science is the study of food from the ground to your mouth, nutrition is the study of food from your mouth to your cells
  • Taking a look back at what you’ve been through
  • Focusing on what was great and what you could tweek next time
  • The importance of looking forward in step 6. Refocus
  • Setting intentions
  • Not just waiting for the big moments to focus on Gillian’s recovery steps
  • Growing slowly with the review process
  • Micro habits
  • Emotional, mental, and physical well being
  • “Today is going to be a great day somehow”
  • Wanting acknowledgement as a mom
  • Teaching our children about gratitude
  • Empowering moms by putting the power back in their hands
  • Knowing your love language and the love languages of every member of your family
  • What Gillian’s path to rest and recovery looked like for her
  • Priorities and boundary setting
  • Gillian’s video series: Priority Mom
  • Auditing our time and how we spend it
  • It’s easier to say “no” with clarity
  • Family, health, and fun
  • Taking pride in setting boundaries
  • Numbing behaviors
  • How to unpack guilt about not being productive 24/7 in a world that tells us we need to be
  • Self worth does not need to be tied to our productivity
  • Busy is not a badge of honor
  • Book reference: Chasing Wonder by Ginger Stache
  • Prioritizing being emotionally balanced over being busy
  • School pressure starts at preschool
  • Not overscheduling our kids, ourselves, or our family
  • Reframing our downtime to release the guilt we feel when we slow down
  • Investing in ourselves and our business with rest
  • All of Gillian’s awesome Mom Camp Life offerings!

Gillian’s Links: Website, Instagram, and Facebook

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