Anyone who knows me can already guess that this is a difficult topic for me to write about. Rest is probably the most elusive action in my life. I can’t remember the last time I took a nap and I thrive on being in a state of constant motion, learning, and personal expansion. I say all of that because it is true, yet I know all too well that learning how to stop and rest in the day is the most important act we can do for our health and well-being.
Rest can often be viewed as a luxury, and our society encourages that viewpoint. Don’t get me wrong, a restful vacation to a tropical island will most certainly refuel the body and mind, but that form of rest just isn’t always available. In my daily practice becoming the healthiest I can be I am taking the approach toward Rest in the following ways:
- Self Compassion – I need to remember that old habits die slow and when you have a lifetime of running at a fast pace fitting in times of rest may not always be foremost on the mind. I am learning how to be compassionate with myself and integrate times of rest and play as often as possible, all the while being grateful for what I am able to do.
- Feel Moments – Rest doesn’t need to come in the form of BIG experiences, and learning to appreciate that fact is the first step toward learning how to feel moments in simple daily experiences. My husband and I enjoy going to breakfast on Sunday mornings at our favorite morning spot. There’s nothing fancy or extravagant about the outing but I look forward and cherish that time. Likewise a beautiful sunset, the breeze on my skin, a hug from a loved one, are all moments I am learning to stop and appreciate because I realize they are gifts and I don’t want to miss them by being busy.
- Unplug and Just BE – Oh this is SO hard! I remember trying to bring a book into the sauna with me, but of course the book became sweaty and gross. For the same reason bringing in a phone to catch up on emails or send off another text is not at all a good idea when sitting in a clean sauna trying to sweat out toxins! I realized quickly after only a few failed attempts to make MY time ‘productive’ that slowing down my mind needed to happen and the greatest culprit standing in my way to being still and feeling rest was my electronic devices. Being Present and Still isn’t just a catch phrase it is a wellness mandate and I’m doing my best to abide by it.
Wishing you REST today. Your body will thank you!