If you follow my blog or social media, you’ll know that throughout August I’m focusing on the concept of rest. Not just sleep, which I have written about and have a workshop about, but rest throughout the day as well.
Today I’m going to give you 5 ways of improving your rest.
Give yourself permission
I used to feel guilty about not always being busy. I thought that if I wasn’t being productive I wasn’t adding any value or I was wasting my life away. That made enjoying rest very difficult, because I felt guilty about it. Now I know how essential it is – I give myself permission to do nothing on a regular basis. I find it’s essential to keep me being able to add value to my days the rest of the time.
Plan/schedule time for it
I know that life can get really busy sometimes. We’ve all got multiple commitments, family, friends, work and a social life to contend with. Often, time for you just to be still and do nothing is the first thing that goes off the list, and before you know it you’ve had no time just being still and quiet for weeks. Block that time off in your diary and protect it as if your life depends on it – because it does!
Make it a priority
I know what you’re thinking! My diary is already chokka, when am I going to be able to block time out for resting! To make resting a priority you may need to get it blocked off in the diary before anything else gets in. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount of time, but perhaps you don’t make any plans for the hour after the school run, or you’re unavailable every Saturday morning. Little and often is fine.
If you’re serious about getting some rest, put your phone in another room. The temptation of scrolling through social media is too much. Sometimes when you first start taking time to rest in this way it feels uncomfortable and we search for a distraction from that. Just let yourself be.
Whilst I personally prefer to sit in the quiet, I know that’s not what a good rest looks like for everyone. It’s all about recharging, so whether that’s being in nature, singing, dancing or anything else that’s fine. Whatever you enjoy, as long as it’s something that is recharging your batteries and not draining them.
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