How is your energy tracking?
Many of us are hanging-out for the summer break, and the opportunity to hit the stop button. To rest and recharge. We tend to equate rest with sleep and wonder why a sleep in or a day on the couch binge-watching TV doesn’t replenish our energy.
So, I thought I would share with you the concept of restorative rest to help you make the most of your holiday time.
From ideas.ted.com restorative rest incorporates 7 key areas in your life:
- Physical rest which includes both passive and active forms. Passive physical rest includes sleeping and napping while active physical rest includes restorative activities like yoga or a massage.
- Mental rest where you schedule short breaks to give your brain a break during your working day.
- Sensory rest where you unplug a few times a day for a couple of minutes from bright lights, device screens and background noise.
- Creative rest to awaken the awe, wonder and appreciation inside of you. Think getting out into nature, painting, singing or playing a musical instrument.
- Emotional rest from people pleasing and helping others to create some space for your needs and feelings.
- Social rest in discerning which relationships drain your energy and which relationships revive and fill your cup.
- Spiritual rest which is connecting and belonging, love, acceptance, and purpose. This comes from regular meditation, prayer or community involvement.
To get more restorative rest tips click here.