Life is crazy right now, isn’t it? We are being bombarded with emotional stress, financial stress, physical stress and more. Remember, there is only so much you can do in one day. You need rest, which is different from sleep. If you get more and more sleep but still feel exhausted, you likely need rest. There are several types of rest and if you’re chronically burned out, you likely need all of these.
Physical rest–we all need it. Take a nap. Get more sleep. Do restorative physical exercise like stretching, yoga or massage. All of these improve the body’s circulation and flexibility.
Mental rest has never been more important than it is right now. We are bombarded with nonsense from the mainstream media and our politicians. We are all on information – and misinformation – overload. Turn off your brain. Remember, life is a marathon and not a sprint. Take a mental break once in a while. Take short breaks every couple of hours or so. You’ll be surprised how much this clears your thoughts and helps you refocus. If nagging thoughts are keeping you up at night (and they probably are), keep a notepad on your nightstand. Jot those thoughts down, then forget about them.
Sensory rest: speaking of not being able to sleep at night, are you surrounded by sensory inputs? Most of us are on sensory overload – computers, and phones, and iPads, oh my! Get away from background noise and non-stop conversations and input from social media. Turn it all off! Even closing your eyes for a couple of minutes during the day will work wonders. Intentional sensory deprivation is good for the body, and the soul.
Creative rest is really important. Do something different than you normally do. Enjoy nature. Enjoy the arts. Look at travel photos or websites of beautiful places on Earth. Think about how you feel when you see the ocean.
Spiritual rest: we all need spiritual rest. Get beyond the demands of the physical world to feel that deeper connection to love and purpose. If you’re caught up in day-to-day life, take a break. Pray. Get involved in something greater than yourself.