A Web-Log called Adventures in Keeping House (see my Blogroll) honored me by mentioning my reminders to ladies at home concerning adequate rest. Sometimes we get so busy at home we ignore our thirst or our tiredness and keep moving about the house doing, doing, doing! There is so much to do! If there are only two at home, you can be occupied the entire day cleaning up after yourself and inventing more things to do.
You may sense the attitude of skeptics that you should not be allowed any leisure time, since you are a homemaker. You must not allow yourself to be intimidated by those who do not think you deserve any rest at home. If you had a mother and grandmother; great-grandmother or other acquaintances who stayed home and took care of the house and family, you will remember they had their sitting time and their resting time.
They never apologized for it nor did they feel guilty, and never did they give a long explanation to justify themselves for staying home or for resting periodically. They had a clear conscience in taking rest. They had to rest up so they could take care of their families. They cared about their homes and they were conscientiousness and genuinely concerned about the house being in order and the children being guided.
We used to get our house work done as quickly and as thoroughly as possible in the morning so we could go "out" while it was daylight, for essential business errands or grocery items. After we came home we would hang up our coats and handbags and prepare tea. It felt good to sit awhile and be refreshed before completing other tasks. I discovered from one of the Grandmother's diaries that she did her daily house work, and then got busy doing something she was interested in. I know a farm lady; a shepherdess, as I call her, who gets her work done and out of the way so she can enjoy making quilts or oil painting.
It is very probable that you will need more rest if you are a full-time homemaker, and you should not neglect it. You make more movements, move faster, doing a lot of different kinds of work. You say, "When I get finished with my housework, I will rest," but it will not be finished and you will encourage illness if you do not stop for a rest.
Suffice it to say that when you begin your day, do it with your resting time in mind. Keep the thought of things you want to do--reading, perhaps, or some other thing you enjoy, as a goal. Wash, sweep, pick up the clutter, and make everything nice for your leisure time.
Most of us will never have tea at the Savoy, but it does not mean we should deny ourselves that elegant pleasure of morning or afternoon tea. If you have a tray of some kind, make it as exquisite as possible in your circumstances and take some time to sit with your family to enjoy this fine ceremony. Note how these few moments in the day can revive you, mentally and physically. Put some spiritual values into the conversation by complimenting and encouraging and expressing gratitude.
If no one is available to share this privilege, enjoy it on your own.
Some ladies have found that regular rest-times have been a great health benefit. I think it is good also to allow children of any age, even those who think they are too old for a nap, to have half an hour to an hour of quiet rest.