Give Your Body The 5 Types Of Rest It Needs
Do you ever wake up from a long night of sleep still feeling lethargic and groggy? Are you unmotivated and constantly losing focus throughout the day? These are signs of not having enough rest. Today’s high-achieving and high-productivity culture leaves many people feeling burned out and exhausted. Quality sleep, constant exercise, and a healthy diet are pillars of rest – but our body requires much more.
Make it a resolution to reclaim the true power of rest for you to perform at your best. Here are the types of rest you need in 2023:
1. Physical rest
Our modern lifestyles put immense strain on our physical well being. For at least 5 days a week, we sit and work for long hours at our desks – no wonder backaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain are so common these days! You need to have both active and passive physical rest to keep your body functioning at its optimum level.
Actively engage in physical rest through restorative activities such as yoga, stretching, and massages to improve your body’s circulation and flexibility. Passive physical rest includes taking naps and having quality slumber. Ideally, you’ll start your day with 15 minutes of stretching to release body tension and keep the blood flowing. In the evening, end your day with some light exercise to calm the mind and relax your body.
2. Mental rest
Are you the type of person who has to rely on coffee to function well throughout the day? As much as we enjoy drinking coffee, being overly reliant on caffeine for a temporary energy boost can be a warning sign from your body that you lack mental respite.
Reduce your mental fatigue by scheduling short breaks every few hours throughout the day to clear your mind. Take a brief walk in the park, or sit by the window and people-watch. Here’s a simple act to rest mentally: unplug and unwind. Put your devices on silent mode during your break, we don’t want the sound of notifications and alerts to make you feel anxious! Just like your body needs to rest after exercising, free your mind from the constant stream of thoughts in order to let it rest.
3. Sensory Rest
Modern workplaces can be overwhelming for our senses: bright fluorescent lights, computer and phone screens, and a lot of background noise are some of the constant stimuli that overwhelm our senses. Sensory overload happens when your senses are bombarded with more input than your brain can process, leaving us feeling drained. This type of overstimulation prevents your brain from functioning efficiently, which hampers concentration, productivity, and work output.
When at work, make use of noise-canceling headphones to block out excess noise, and wear comfortable clothes that you feel comfortable moving around in. When you get off work, stay away from your devices as much as possible — get a workout in, listen to music, take a long shower, or spend time outdoors to deal with sensory fatigue. Remember to schedule frequent screen-free downtime to rest your eyes, and if you have the luxury of time: take a short nap.
4. Spiritual rest
Have you been searching for a way to achieve a deeper level of relaxation? Taking spiritual rest might be the answer. Spiritual relaxation helps to clear your mind, body, and soul by encouraging self-exploration in order to instill a sense of purpose in life.
Try to engage in a purpose you feel strongly about – religion, learning, or community involvement. Prayer and meditation can help put your mind at ease and give you a new sense of purpose. Besides that, we learn best by interacting with our community as it allows us to contribute to causes such as keeping the environment clean, helping the underprivileged, and facilitating knowledge sharing. Unlike other types of rest, it is an active form of relaxation that restores our spirit so we can face challenges in life with peace and strength.
5. Creative rest
Society prioritizes the ability to keep creating and producing, while neglecting much-needed rest. Our frantic need to create is the antithesis of creativity. When at work, we are constantly solving problems and brainstorming for ideas, hence creative rest is also vital for our wellbeing.
Having creative rest means spending time on your hobbies or interests: whether it’s drawing, singing, hiking, traveling, or decluttering your house, do it with joy! Creative rest reconnects us with the simple things that make us happy and makes us more appreciative of the joys in life. It allows you to be mindful of your surroundings, and to enjoy the bliss of just being at peace with yourself.
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