Do you get enough rest? I don’t mean sleep; I mean rest. They are two different things as far as your body is concerned. You see, the body has 3 “modes” of operation; work, rest, and sleep, and it needs to engage in all 3 on a daily basis in order to be healthy. Most of us give our bodies more than enough work, and we give it some sleep; but rarely do we give it any rest.
So, what do I mean by rest? Well, You can think of rest as wind down time at the end of the day or as a break in the middle of a day. It’s a time where you aren’t trying to accomplish anything; you’re just enjoying the moment(s). It’s a time of relaxation and pleasure; a time to appreciate whatever you have or whatever you’re doing. Some people advocate not doing anything during this time, but I feel that’s unrealistic in our driven, multi-task-or-die culture. For me, the key is two-fold: 1. Don’t multi-task and 2. don’t pick an activity that you feel needs to be done. So, pick one activity and just do that; and make sure that it’s an activity you’ll be able to set down even if it’s not “finished.” If it’s evening you should lower the lighting level as well to help remind the body that it’s time to wind down before bed.
Here are a few suggestions:
I would love for you to add to this list of restful “activities” in the comments below!
It might feel strange, even lazy, to be “doing nothing” but your body and mind will thank you once they get used to it. You’ll sleep better and have more energy during the day as a result. Rest well.