If you know anything about my burnout story, you know that I got myself to that unhealthy state by overworking. I didn’t give myself room for what is now one of the most important aspects of my personal self-care: rest.
Without rest, my brain was always on and working, my stress levels were up, there was no recuperation, and I was just not living a sustainable lifestyle.
To bring it back to you, dear reader, let’s talk about why rest is such a vital part of self-care.
The benefits of rest.
- At a very base level, rest is a period of time in which your body and mind and spirit can recharge, refuel, and recuperate. It’s like the waking version of sleep; we sleep at night so that our bodies and minds can have a chance to repair and restore. When we’re experiencing rest, we’re providing ourselves with those same benefits.
- When we give ourselves time to rest, we give our minds space to let certain issues percolate. You know the notion that people’s best ideas come to them in the shower? (You know, before people started bringing their phones with them there?) The shower, or taking a bath, or going for a solitary walk, or whatever restful activity suits you gives your mind space to just be, or to subconsciously digest issues and problem solve, or to come up with some great ‘Eureka’ moments.
- Another great benefit of rest is taking pleasure in restful and restorative activities! Imagine how great a massage would feel, imagine curling up and reading a book on your couch, imagine chilling out in a deck chair while drinking a cup of coffee. These restful activities FEEL SO GOOD and can be enjoyed even without considering their other benefits.
- Oh yeah, and how about the fact that after you’ve given yourself a chance to rest (and therefore recharge, reset, repair, etc…), you come out of it feeling more energized and more productive!
Rest = sustainable living!
- Is Relaxation Self-Care or Laziness?
- How Your Poor Wellness Habits Are Affecting Your Creative Pursuits
I can tell you from personal experience that without rest, you are headed down a one-way road towards self-destruction. Rest is the only available u-turn.
If this blog post spoke to you and you’re reading it in real-time, our May monthly theme in the Self-Care Community is Rest! When you sign up, you’ll get to experience a short video lesson on rest, work with me to build a monthly goal based on your personal self-care needs, check-in mid month and ask all your questions, and help me figure out what the next month’s self-care theme should be! Click here to learn more or email me to ask your questions!
Want to check out the Rest Worksheet to see where you are on your self-care journey? Check out the Self-Care Workbook!
Enjoy the journey!