Best Ways to Rest Your Body In A Busy World

When you think of the word “rest,” what comes to your mind?

In the dictionary, “rest” can be defined as:

  • Freedom from activity or labor
  • Peace of mind or spirit
  • Something used for support

For many of us, that first one is what we usually strive for. That’s the long looked forward to vacation after working the other 50 weeks out of the year. It’s the weekend getaway you’ve been pocketing away money for the last several months. Often though, it feels out of reach or impossible with our busy lives and schedule. Scheduling in a rest period is something that can sometimes feel like “just another thing on the to-do list” which isn’t actually a restful experience at all! What is the alternative though in our bodies if we don’t get that rest? We burn out, our performance lowers, and everything we are striving to do to stay busy… craters.

 

Think about the times you have in your day when activity lowers, even just a little bit. This could be in the car driving, going to bed at night, taking a shower, anything. How often do we rush through these things just to check them off our list?

Here’s the alternative approach: if we slow down and be mindful about what we’re doing and where our mind is, we can experience a higher quality “rest” when doing these activities we are doing anyway. Hear that again, we are not talking about ADDING anything to your schedule, just maximizing things you are ALREADY doing.

 

Take a moment to breathe before you take a shower and work on being present throughout it, not going through the grocery list that needs to be done or chores that are left. Put on some of your favorite music in your car that helps you feel most like “you” and re-energizes you by giving your brain a break from other tasks. When you are going to bed, purposefully work on slowing your thought process down and reminding yourself that tomorrow’s problems can be solved then, not by you in the moment who is getting ready for sleep.

 

Let tomorrow handle tomorrow, so you can let yourself at this moment, get the rest that YOU deserve.