We live in a society where the 'hustle' is glorified & "go, go, go, go" has become our subconcious mantra just to keep up with everyone else. Not only is rest seen as a weakness, but most people even feel guilty for taking a minute to themselves. Before we dive into this theory, I'm going to give you a life-changing tip: rest is actually a strength that can help your business & work skyrocket (if you use it wisely).
As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder in the past, I had always viewed rest as a negative action -- I carried the belief that if I slowed down for one second and allowed my body a minute to recoup I'd be seen as lazy, or weak, or both. Since being in recovery, I know now that I was SO incredibly wrong.
Rest is one of the most vital things a human needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle and mental wellness. (& newsflash: if you're reading this, you're probably a human!) Slowing down is essential to let our bodies and minds take a break from all the hard work they're doing everyday to keep us healthy and happy and "up to date".
Rest isn't just the amount of sleep we get, although that definitely plays a part. We're also talking about:
- rest days in between workouts
- time during the day without our phones
- meditation to clear your mind
- a walk in the park
- a designated night routine where you focus only on yourself
The list can go on and on, but the main message remains the same: every time you avoid any type of rest, you lean further into the possibility of becoming burnt out.
Now, let's talk about HOW to rest. With working a job, going to school or even trying to maintain relationships and a social life, it seems like we have almost no time to waste -- so how can we begin to implement rest into our busy daily lives?
Here are my tips that I use to maintain a healthy balance between rest, work & play.
1. Stretch or do yoga in the morning (moving your body for even 5-10 minutes begins your day on a positive note & releases the tension your body is carrying)
2. Getting enough sleep (no, really. your body will begin to malfunction if you don't take care of it, trust me)
3. Take daily walks (short or long -- make the conscious effort to walk around, enjoy the fresh air and think about something other than the stress of your daily life.)
4. A daily meditation practice (now this may seem a little woo woo, but hear me out -- this can be a guided meditation either in the morning or at night to recenter yourself and check in on how you are truly feeling & what you need)
5. Not saying yes to every social event (give yourself a break)
That is all, take care of yourself !!!