The 7 Types of Rest
Resting is important if we want to see ourselves moving forward. While being creative and productive is exciting, allowing yourself to rest first is the only way to achieve that. When we rest, we give ourselves an excellent opportunity to heal and recharge our batteries. What many people underestimate, is that resting is not only about sleeping. One has to take care of many levels if they want to protect and honor themselves. Here, we will talk about the seven types of rest that all healthcare professionals encourage us to learn.
- Physical rest
Physical rest is the first thing that comes to mind when discussing rest. The body is the house of the spirit, mind, and soul. Since it is our outer shelter, it is the easiest part to protect. Napping, sitting, and deep breathing are only some examples of physical rest. Especially if your day is full of physical effort, remember to give your body a break since this is the tool that will keep you going forever in life.
- Mental rest
Mental rest is mainly about meditation. It can be a part of the daily yoga practice or even take the form of daily affirmations. Being affirmative about our self-love and the value we have has helped many people overcome difficulties that appeared in their lives. As for meditation, it is a widespread practice that thousands have embraced and seems more than helpful.
- Emotional rest
In this case, we, first of all, include self-care. Women usually choose the daily beauty routine, while men turn to sports. Going to the gym is a way to rest. Even though the body is working at the moment, the soul finds a good opportunity to ”detox.” Another approach to emotional rest is to be open. A good example is to discuss with a trusted friend. This comes as a healer to the person who opens up and allows them to move forward faster.
- Sensory rest
This type of rest is more than necessary in today’s world. It usually refers to a break from the digital world. The individual can stay in silence for some time without having to meditate, breathe, or do anything that requires effort. Just hearing and seeing what happens around you in the physical world is enough. The best place to do that is somewhere close to nature, where you can be exposed to the sounds of the leaves on the trees and hear the birds’ songs.
- Creative rest
One can choose to dance or sing, while another one may turn to painting. Whatever your choice, the important thing here is that you allow yourself to draw your attention to something you love without having to care about the result that will come up. The sense of freedom that comes with that is priceless, and this is a unique type of resting.
- Spiritual rest
For spiritual rest, most people use prayer. This is when one can close their eyes and ask anything they want from God, the universe, or nature. Regardless of each individual’s beliefs, praying allows us to forget about our responsibilities for a moment and feel that we cooperate with external forces to achieve our goals. A sense of balance is created that makes us feel more secure. Also, journaling has helped many people approach spiritual rest by giving them the space they need to express themselves and understand what they want and need.
- Social rest
Finally, this is when the person has to balance the time alone and with others. Being social is fun and often a real boost for a person’s career; however, overdoing it can be stressful. People have to channel this energy mindfully and give themselves the time they need to relax, so remember to protect yourself from overwhelming nights out.
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