Did you know that sleep and rest are not the same thing?
Many of us believe we are rested when we’ve gotten a good night’s sleep — but there are other types of rest we need and are desperately lacking. Many of us are enduring a rest deficiency because of the “constantly busy” culture that makes us believe we have to produce and achieve 24/7. Downtime of any sort isn’t “socially” acceptable. And if we do take time to truly rest and relax, we often are left feeling guilty.
The result? A whole lot of constantly tired and chronically burned-out people.
Our society doesn’t realize and recognize the power of rest. Rest is about rejuvenation, not just sleep.
An article on Ideas.Ted.com discussed the seven essential types of rest that every one of us requires.
This is the rest that immediately comes to mind, but it entails more than sleeping. Physical rest has two components. The first is passive, such as when we are sleeping or taking a nap. Active physical rest are times we engage in restorative practices such as yoga, getting a massage, or taking a leisurely walk. These activities improve flexibility and circulation.Read more