Is “rest” part of your self-care routine?
One of my affirmations for this year is that I take time for daily rest and relaxation.
Rest is more than quality sleep, which we know is important to our health. When you skimp on quality sleep, you’ll notice mood changes, reduced concentration, and unable to think clearly.
Rest is taking time during the busyness of the day to slow down and allow yourself to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Your energy will get a boost and you’ll find yourself ready for the rest of whatever the day holds.
Here are some of my favorite ways to rest during the day. Healthy habits come in little changes to your daily routine, balance your wellness with rest.
Time to sleep.
This is the first thing that comes to mind when we say we need rest. A good night’s sleep is the backbone of a healthy body and aiming for seven to eight hours of sleep each night will be transformational for your health. If you struggle with this, setting a bedtime and creating a nourishing bedtime routine will help get you into a rhythm you enjoy.
Time to fly solo.
In a world where we have families, work closely with others, and are often involved in our community, sometimes uninterrupted quiet time is the answer. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy some silence and their own company. It can look like a night in with a good book or a dinner date for one.
Time in nature.
There is just something about being outdoors that is so grounding. It can be as simple as walking barefoot through the grass or as intense as hiking a mountain. Spending more time in nature has a way of reminding us of our place in the universe. Grab a friend, or don’t, and get some sun on your face.
Time with your people.
Community is an essential part of a healthy life. If you’re feeling disconnected, brainstorm how to prioritize creating new relationships and nurturing the ones you already have. I like to add this to my weekly schedule, so it doesn’t get put on the backburner. It can be as simple as a quick check-in, lunch date, or a walk after work with a friend.
This can look different for everyone. For some, it can be a weekend stay in a hotel. You may just need a change of scenery and a good old-fashioned night out. For others, it could take an entire week to rejuvenate you. And still, some may need an extended break from the weight of the world. It’s okay to step back from commitments or responsibilities while caring for yourself for a season.
Honestly, you may be feeling so depleted that you need to make time for all five types of rest — and that’s okay. Taking time out to recharge is never selfish or frivolous. Each person is different and worthy of the rest they need to operate well.
Stop ignoring the signs that you need to add rest to your daily self-care routine. My routine includes a minimum of 15-minutes to transition from work to home life, honestly, I just take a 20-minute nap. I have regular time out with friends to laugh and chat the hours away, sitting outside listening to nature, and going out with hubby regularly.
Let rest become a non-negotiable healthy habit in your life and enjoy the many benefits of taking care of you.