Rest is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages.
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.”
Not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory, and stress levels. We need to rest to be able to rejuvenate our bodies and minds which in turn regulates our mood and immune systems.
Quite a few clients that I see, including myself, experience bouts of adrenal fatigue, where we have pushed ourselves beyond our limits for far too long and now find ourselves exhausted and unable to carry out he requirements of daily living as we once were. Our digestive system becomes upset, we get colds and flu’s more easily because cortisol and adrenalin released while stressed lowers our immune system which in turn causes mayhem with our hormones which can lead to depression, weight gain and accelerate the ageing process!
One of the simplest and most important things we can do to help ourselves is to listen to our bodies! Take a couple of minutes to check in with yourself to see whether you need a day of nurturing yourself or book some regular rest time in to your schedule.
Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist advises “Take responsibility for your life. You are not a victim of your time demands. You are the creator and acceptor of them. Refuse to complain or make excuses. Change your habits instead. Remember, you are only as busy as you choose to be”.
Now I know there are a lot of mothers and fathers out there with very hectic lives, and I understand it’s not easy, but I have spoken to many parents who make rest and rejuvenation time a priority and they feel that taking this time out makes them better parents as they are able to be more present and have more energy to spend quality time with their children, to be good role models.
“It’s a worthwhile investment of time, because the efficiency of a well-rested mind will make every area of your life more productive and joyful.” Jessica Sepel
How to incorporate rest and rejuvenation into your daily routine
These are some great tips on how to incorporate rest and rejuvenation into your daily routine. For more wonderful information on the importance of rest check out this article from Mindbodygreen.
- Daily meditation practice
- Daily breathing exercises: 20 diaphragm breaths every night before bed time.
- Yin exercises rather than yang: yoga, tai chi, restorative exercises (Savasana yoga pose)
- A daily bath with lavender oil
- Herbal tea and ½ hour of reading.
- ½ hour walk
- Tea with a friend
- Massage – get your blood flowing
- 8 hours of sleep
- Acupuncture to restore energy flow
- A favourite TV show
- Say “NO” to social arrangements when feeling overwhelmed, instead choose to lay low, read, walk or go for a massage. Your friends will be there for you – if you can’t go to that party, arrange to meet for a walk or some tea! Go to yoga together!