When we think about rest, we mostly think about physical rest. How many times have we tried to fix our lack of energy by getting some sleep – only to still feel exhausted? Sleep alone cannot restore us and fix the fatigue we feel. Therefore, it is time to begin focusing on giving ourselves the correct type of rest we need.
Yes, there are different types of rests. Seven types, to be precise, and these are all we need to feel recharged. In this article, we discuss all seven kinds of rests and how you can achieve each one of them.
1. Physical Rest
The first type is physical. It is ensuring your body can recharge by allowing it to unwind, slow down and repair. Our bodies usually do a great job of letting us know that we are physically exhausted. We struggle to keep our eyes open, and we just cannot wait to hit the hay! There are two types of physical rest: Active and passive. While active physical rest includes yoga, stretching and getting a massage, passive physical rest includes – yes, you guessed it right – sleeping.
Catching up on physical rest also means taking necessary breaks throughout your workday and taking deep breaths during those breaks.
2. Mental Rest
Mental rest is exactly how it sounds – taking a break to recharge the batteries of your mind. Do you ever feel your brain getting foggy like you just cannot seem to concentrate, no matter how hard you try? That is your brain’s way of telling you that you need to stop and take a break.
There are several ways you can give your mind a break. Schedule 5-minute breaks every 45 minutes or so, take a break from screens and breathe in the fresh morning air or even keep a notebook by your bed to write down thoughts that don’t let you sleep.
3. Sensory Rest
Our senses let us experience all the beautiful things life has to offer. But with our fast-paced lives and an overload of electronic gadgets, our sensory organs start to feel overwhelmed. Sensory rest is retreating from sensory overload by reconnecting with yourself.
Catch up on sensory rest by getting some fresh air after work and sitting at an arm’s length away from your computer to avoid eye strain. It is also important to mind your posture throughout the day. You can promote good posture by investing in ergonomic furniture and even getting a one-on-one workstation assessment.
4. Emotional Rest
Emotional rest can be a bit hard to achieve. It requires us to offload our emotional baggage, share our emotions with a willing listener or someone we love. Sharing our feelings is extremely important when we feel overwhelmed with life. It not only helps us feel relieved but also prevents massive emotional breakdowns.
It is essential to know that emotional rest requires you to be truthful about your feelings. You can schedule an appointment with a therapist to guide you. Alternatively, if you don’t have anyone available when you need them, journaling can also be helpful.
5. Social Rest
Socialising can be exhausting for some of us. Even worse now, all socialising happens via video calls, bringing along the much-dreaded video call fatigue. If you feel exhausted after spending a whole day with friends, it is an indicator that your most significant deficit might be social rest. Besides, if you think you require emotional rest (Rest Type #4), you most probably need social rest too.
It is possible to restore ourselves through connecting with people that revive us and not exhaust us. If taking a day off to spend time alone is your idea of restoration, then do it. In the end, it is all about what makes you feel rested and at peace.
6. Creative Rest
Unlike what we may think, we are the most creative when we take a break from problem-solving and brainstorming. Irrespective of our line of work, we are constantly tapping into our creative thinking, whether it is designing the perfect Instagram aesthetic, writing a blog or even finding solutions for a problem at work.
Decluttering is a great way to declutter your mind, so start by tidying up your desk and your digital space. You can also find inspiration from doing simple things like reading a book, going for a walk, or even looking at other people’s work from your niche.
7. Spiritual Rest
At some point in our lives, we all feel unanchored, afloat and alone. In times like these, it is crucial to identify that it may be spiritual rest that you need. As human beings, it is imperative for us to feel aligned with our sense of purpose. If practising religion makes you reconnect with a higher power, reading scriptures and writings may help you achieve this spiritual rest.
Other ways include meditation, deep breathing, chatting with a friend about the current state of the world or even something that makes you feel good, like volunteering and helping those in need.