7 Types of Rest

by Eric Jordan

Physical rest can be passive or active. Taking a nap and sleeping are passive while stretching or doing yoga is active and both are as important and beneficial. 

Despite sleeping for eight hours you may have mental fatigue. Scheduling short breaks to occur every two hours throughout your day can help remind you to slow down.

Bright lights, background noise, multiple conversations can cause our senses to be overwhelmed. Try  closing your eyes for a few minutes or unplugging electronic devices at the end of the day.

*A weighted blanket and an eye mask may be just what you need.

Creative rest reawakens the awe and wonder inside each of us. Taking a walk in nature, reading a book, doing things you loved as a child can all be creative rest ideas that feeds our imagination and helps find joy.

Emotional rest is the freedom to authentically express feelings and eliminate people-pleasing behaviours. Therapy, journaling and taking emotional inventory of what events or people drain you emotionally and minimizing these stressors in your life. 

Even outgoing extroverts may find that they need a break from socializing. Social rest  gives us time to connect with ourselves. Your relationship with yourself is the longest and most constant of your entire life so take time to nourish it. 

Spiritual rest is about feeling a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance and purpose. Engage in something greater than yourself and add meditation or community involvement to your daily routine.