As I have gotten older, I have come to realise that there are various types of rest every person needs. Society has created this mentality in alot of people that we must keep going, work 24/7 otherwise we aren’t deemed as ‘successful.’ When of course, this isn’t the case at all. I’m such an advocate for resting when its needed. Whether it’s physical rest or something else.
There have been so many times on my blogging journey when I have refused to rest. I mean, I used to post 7 days a week on my blog a few months ago, and it was so tough. Even though I loved what I was doing, I knew that something had to give. I knew I couldn’t continue to pump out content like I was. It would have been impossible to keep going without burning out. I made changes and it helped so much with not being mentally overloaded.
So many people think that rest only applies to physical rest, for example when you’re sleeping. But you can get rest and still be so tired in other aspects of life. In todays post, I wanted to share five types of rest that you need to have and why they are important. So lets get started
Physical rest is something we are taught from a young age. ‘Make sure you get 9 hours of sleep’ and ‘take time off if you need to.’ I’m so glad that were taught this as we grow up and enter the world of working. As I get older I realise how hard it is to make time for that physical rest. I have had so many occasions where my sleep pattern has been so out of tune and its really affected my day to day life. Nobody told me I’d ever have trouble sleeping as I got older.
Lack of sleep I’m sure has affected more than one of us. Heck, you might be going through that now. Physical rest allows our bodies to repair itself, and re-charge for the next day. Without it, we often find that we can’t function properly or we have really low energy levels.
When and where you can, make sure you get that physical rest in. It’s so important.
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It’s great that you take time to get physical rest, but are you allowing your mind to rest too. You can be relaxing physically but still have your mind running a marathon in your head. To combat this myself, I have introduced several rules when it comes to rest and bed time. No technology 1 hour before sleep. I also found that moving my phone away from me whilst I sleep has really helped too. We are constantly stimulating our minds and this can lead to overthinking and even mental health issues. I have seen it happen myself.
Mental rest is just as important as any other type of resting. As alot of time, mental and physical both interlink. If you’re tired mentally, it will probably make you tired physically too.
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Emotional rest is a type of rest every person needs. Whether you’re going through a tough time or you just feel like you don’t have total control over your emotions. Taking time to acknowledge you need to step away and get the rest you deserve is important. It might be that it’s someone in your life that is causing the emotional unrest in your mind. Find ways to remove that person or deal with it better. Taking time out to complete self-care is such a great way to get your mind and emotions in check.
Take that break you have been saying you’ll take for the last 6 months. I know giving advice to rest, is really easier said than done. But if you don’t, you might find that you’re in a worse place. And it’s important that you get better.
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I couldn’t write a post about rest and not include my fellow creatives. We know first hand how quickly burnout can happen when it comes to writing or creating. We don’t give ourselves enough time to relax and take it easy. It’s funny because in any other career or job, you’d allow yourself to take time off. But for some reason when it comes to creatives, we don’t listen. We think we have to be on 24/7 and that if we neglect our art then everything goes down the drain. It’s a constant worry, believe me I know.
With any type of job or hobby you should always give yourself the rest you need. I find when I am burnt out, my content becomes mundane and boring. And I feel as though I have lost my passion. There is nothing wrong with taking time off or changing up your busy schedule when it comes to creating. After all, we need our minds in the right place to post and create the content we love creating. Rest is pivotal in you becoming the best version of yourself.
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Which type of resting do you need to improve on? And which type of resting do you think is the most important?
I hope, now that you’re at the end of this post that you understand my message that rest is important for us. It’s important for us to be able to focus, and have enough energy to get through the day. And it’s also important for us so we can be the best versions of ourselves.