Using The Chair Method To Improve Your Rest Routine

Where’s your chair girl?! In my opinion rest is a form of productivity that when used often can bring about so much clarity, intention, and happy vibes. The problem is, rest is last on our list. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn all about the chair method I’ve been using to improve my rest routine. You don’t want to miss this one!

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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown. And this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:48
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Ashley Brown 1:25
Oh, I am so excited about today's episode, because I get to share the chair method with you. This is a method that I've been using to improve my rest routine. And I definitely want to share with you because I know for many of us resting doesn't come easy. Like is we want to rest, right? Like we want to rest and we want to find more time for rest. But then something happens. And we get time to rest. And we start doing something else. Am I right? That is me. And that was me for a good bit of time. Because I consider myself a busy body for a good portion of my life, like always into something always doing something. And it really stems also back to my childhood and seeing my mother always doing something. But she was always like cleaning the house, sweeping the floor cooking, doing laundry, she was always doing something. And of course, partly that was due to her being a single mom, I love my mama. My mom was always into something even today, she rest more a little bit now. But she's always doing something, always having something to do. And I felt like I definitely picked that up from my mom.

Ashley Brown 2:50
And so these days, I've been really intentional and focused on rest and resting because I do a good amount of things on a daily basis. And I dabble in a range of things. And so in order for me to do this work and to be able to help you to live your most abundant life, I need rest. And I know it's the same for you and your life rest to you is probably something that is so important. But are you actually resting? And if you're listening to this, and you're like, you know what, girl, I definitely could rest more this Stay tuned, because I'm going to be sharing this chair method with you. And I'm calling the chair method because it's just a way that I like to think about rest. And so if it's helpful for you, that would be awesome. And to give you some perspective as to why I struggle with the rest as well, because this could be the same for you. So to make a long story short, I took a strengths finder test. And basically what it does is it shows you what are your top strengths? What are those things that you do well above all else, and my top strength, is execution, getting things done, can you believe it?

Ashley Brown 4:16
When I took that test, and that came back as execution, I was like, Oh, that's why I'm able to do a whole bunch. Gotcha. But with having execution as a strength, it can be helpful right at times, but it also can be harmful at times if I allow it to become that way. Because I'm able to get things done but then is a little bit harder and more challenging for me to stop doing. So I really have to be intentional and that's why this chair method and thinking about risks in this way has been highly beneficial for me. Because rest is so important. It rejuvenates us. And, you know, it's just a beautiful thing, honestly, right? I'm like, I love my rest especially I would love to like rest until like 9am in the morning, that would be so beautiful. That's not my life right now maybe one day to be able to arrest at 9am Oh my gosh, that sounds beautiful. But yeah, it's not always about achieving, achieving, achieving, doing doing doing this isn't healthy, we need rest. And so let me explain what I mean by the chair method. It's a very simple understanding it is to think about rest as a chair. And so basically what I like to do, and this kind of makes it simpler, as I'm explaining this is when I think about rest one, I think about like, when am I going to create the chair my day in order to rest?

Ashley Brown 5:55
So if you think about rest being a chair, you want to think about are you creating the chair and your life? Like? Are you actually creating the chair to sit in in your life? are you creating rest time for rest? That's essentially what that means creating the chair for rest? Is you making time for rest? So are you creating the chair? And I like to think about that in my day, as I'm planning I'm like, Where's the chair? Have I created the chair in my day? Where am I going to sit this chair and place this chair in my day. So one, sometimes you have to create the chair because you may see on your planning or when you go to plan that you haven't created time for rest. So can you create the chair? Right. So maybe sometimes you have to create that space, you have to create that time, it's not just there. If it is spacing your day, then it's all about you sitting in the chair, and actually taking the time to rest. So not moving the chat the way and then starting to sweep or clean or cook. It's no, I'm actually going to sit in the chair. Because this is the chair, this is the time for rest. I'm sitting in the chair right now. And so this is really a great way for me to think about rest. Because when I personify rest as thinking about it as a chair, it helps me to bring it to life more. I'm like where's your chair, Ashley? Have you created the chair in your day? And you actually have to sit in the chair.

Ashley Brown 7:29
So think about in your day, think about and I want to say day, I'm not even gonna say week, think about in your day, Where can you create chairs? If you feel like you don't already have chairs in place? Where can you create time for rest? If that's not already factored into your day, also, what can better equip you to actually sit in that chair? Because we can create the chair, we can make time for rest. But if we're not actually resting, if we're not sitting in that chair, what's the point of creating it? What's the point of having it there? So what can equip you to actually sit in the chair? I know for me, that is putting my phone away, somewhere with out of sight out of mind. But also, I'll turn on me a good show and I will sit my butt down. And that's rest for me. That equips me to sit in the chair, and to actually rest my body and rest my mind. Put on some mindless television I've been watching married at first sight my bestie got me into this show, which I'm absolutely in love with. For the longest time I avoided it.

Ashley Brown 8:38
I don't know why it was just like, I don't know if I'm gonna like this, but I absolutely enjoy it. And so I put like mindless television just put it on, I sit my butt down and I rest, right. So where can you create the chair in your day, and what's going to equip you to sit in that chair. But also, I want you to think about creating multiple chairs in your day, not just one, especially if you can, right? Which I feel like we all can create more than one chair in our day. And this can be as simple as creating the chair when you're actually riding into work. So instead of you putting on the radio or listening to the news broadcasts in the car, maybe you just are there in silence, resting your mind a little bit you're already driving and more than likely you're on autopilot when you're driving. Just clear your mind rest during that time.

Ashley Brown 9:33
Maybe you get to work a little bit earlier in your day and you've rest for 10 minutes before you start your day. Right maybe that's where you can create the chair. If you're a stay at home mom maybe during the time that your children nap or have quiet time you create the chair then I know I love to create the chair after I get finished working for the day. So anytime I'm done working, that is my chair time I will create that chair I'm sitting my butt in the chair after I'm done working. So can you create multiple chairs and can use sit and multiple chairs throughout the day? And a great way to bring this to life even more, and I actually got this from my bestie. She loved this personification of rest, but she was like actually do this. She was like, I actually sit chairs in multiple rooms in my home just so that I sit down. And I'm like, boom. Don't tell me twice. So that's what I've done as well. Sit chairs in the rooms where is no place to sit I have a chair there. So like even in my kitchen, I have a little stool anytime like if something is like I'm waiting for something to get done. I will sit down. I won't just be standing up and doing anything else. I will sit down.

Ashley Brown 10:51
Of course in our livingroom we have a couch I will sit everywhere in our home has a place for me to sit. Because it's just that constant reminder. It's okay to rest, like sit your booty down. So that's a great way for you to bring this to life into actualize this is to put you chairs throughout your home, in the rooms where you don't have a chair, place a chair there, this will prompt you to rest. So that's the chair method it is very simple. Just think about rest as a chair. And I will like legitly put this in my planning, I will put chair in the space where I don't have things to do I don't then go crowd with something else. I don't replace the space with other to dos. I've right chair right there. Because that means to rest. So this could definitely be a way that you incorporate this into your life as well as in your planning. Let me know what you think about this chair method will you be using this in your life? Rest is so important for us to thrive and to be able to do the things we do in our day. As women, as moms is so vital. So create your chair. Girl, sit your butt down and enjoy your rest.

Ashley Brown 12:15
Enjoy your rest. So as we come to a close your routine wisdom for today is to create a chair to help you prioritize your rest routine. Create a chair to help you prioritize your rest routine. Thank you for joining me today. I hope that you enjoyed this if you did, be sure to let me know. Pop onto that Instagram tag me at routine and things. Let me know that you are listening today. also share this episode. This could be really great for many women, your friends, your neighbors, your family. Those who follow you on social might just love this episode. Because I help them with their rest. Be sure to rate review and subscribe to the podcast. I'm so happy that you are a listener it means so much to me that you are part of this community. Continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing, stay happy and I'll talk to you soon.

Ashley Brown 13:18
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