Most days are filled with responsibility – work, school, being a caregiver, extracurriculars, or commitments to our communities, and the list can go on and on. Often, true rest is only allowed, or we only allow ourselves to rest on holidays or vacation, and even then, it may not be a priority and it slips through the cracks. Responsibilities may habitually take priority over rest and that is why it is essential that we learn to incorporate rest into our routine.
Being considerate of and engaging in rest that truly feels nurturing and rejuvenating is essential. What does rest in your life look like? Did you think of sleep? Many of us confuse sleep and rest as the same thing. When you think about rest, do you notice yourself trying to “fix” a lack of energy by getting more sleep; waking to discover you still feel exhausted? Sleep and rest are not the same thing. Considering how to intentionally rest in the context of the Five Dimensions of Wellness may be helpful for your overall well-being.
Physical rest includes activities that release stress from your mind and tension from your body, restoring your overall energy. This type of rest can be passive or active; both passive and active rest can restore the mind and rejuvenate the body by increasing circulation, flexibility, and other beneficial bodily systems.
Emotional rest gives you the freedom to authentically express feelings and eliminate tendencies that do not support your emotional well-being.
Social rest is meaningfully and authentically interacting with another person, where you leave the interaction feeling revived. This type of rest can include direct interactions, indirect interactions, or solitude.
Spiritual rest brings a deep feeling of calmness, peace, belonging, or purpose.
Intellectual rest reawakens and re-energizes by allowing us a break from active and intentional thinking.
Whether you notice it or not, your senses are being stimulated most of the day. Unplug your electronics, turn off your lights, and find a quiet place to take a sensory break; allowing your conscious mind to rest.
As we explore rest in the Five Dimensions of Wellness and become more intentional with how we engage with it, we can learn to improve our energy; in turn more effectively supporting our overall well-being.
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