Are you experiencing burnout?
Feeling drained and depleted?
Wonder why you wake up exhausted even after a good night’s sleep?
We’re learning that sleep alone is not effective in managing exhaustion and fatigue.
Chances are, you may be in need of a different type of rest.
According to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, internal medicine physician and author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, we need 7 different types of rest to feel refreshed, fully alive, and fully ourselves.
The 7 types of rest and how to practice them
1. Physical rest
Incorporate restorative ways to decrease muscle tension, reduce headaches, and promote higher quality sleep.
Do gentle movement like stretching or yoga
Go for a nature walk
Get a massage
2. Mental rest
Take a break from constant stimulation and focus on things that matter to you.
Engage in restorative practices like meditation or breathwork
Set aside time to unplug from electronic devices
Prioritize leisure activities that allow your mind to wander, such as reading or taking a walk
3. Social rest
Find a balance between socializing and solitude.
Cultivate relationships with people who uplift and support you
Limit time with negative people or end toxic friendships
Set boundaries and communicate your needs in social situations
4. Sensory rest
The opportunity to downgrade the endless onslaught of sensory input.
Turn off the TV
Turn off notifications and go screen-free at least one before bed or when you wake up
Practice deep breathing or mindfulness meditation
5. Spiritual rest
Connecting on a deeper level with something greater than ourselves.
Get clear on your core values
Practice gratitude by keeping a journal or sharing your thankfulness with others
Engage in prayer, meditation, or reflection
6. Emotional rest
The freedom to authentically express feelings and eliminate people-pleasing behaviors.
Make time to journal and express your feelings
Take “yes” breaks and learn to say “no”
Talk to a trusted friend or go to therapy
Honor your boundaries
7. Creative rest
The process of recharging your creative energy and finding inspiration.
Read a book just for fun
Spend time in nature
Engage in activities that stimulate your creativity like visiting an art exhibit or attending a creative workshop
Each type of rest serves a unique purpose and helps you to recharge and restore your energy levels.
By understanding these different types, you can identify areas of your life where you need to focus on rest and then prioritize your self-care accordingly.
Which type of rest are you craving?
Love, Your Wellness Coach,
December 20, 2023