Rest is more than just sleep.  We also need to pause mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  

Benefits of RESTING your body and brain on a regular basis:

Improve memory and brain functionDecreases food cravings
Optimizes ability to process ideasReduces risk for disease
Decreases depressionRegulates mood
Alleviates anxietyPromotes alertness
Increases physical energyLengthens life

Here are some ways to engage in PHYSICAL rest:

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule.  Go to bed and rise around the same time each day.
  • Increase exposure to natural light during the day.  Spend more time outside (especially in green spaces).
  • Ensure 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.
  • Move your body on a regular basis.  Physical activity helps the body achieve deeper levels of restoration.
  • Minimize light.  Get your room as dark as possible.
  • Cool your room to temperatures between 65-68 degrees F.
  • Reduce caffeine intake.  Minimize overall and limit to earlier parts of the day (before 3:00pm).
  • Minimize electronic use within 2 hours of sleeping.
  • Store your phone in another room.
  • Limit naps to 45 minutes and avoid after 3:00pm to ensure readiness at night.

Here are some ways to engage in MENTAL rest:

  • Enjoy natural down-time.  Unplug from stimulating electronics to decompress the mind. 
  • Practice silence.
  • Honor your body’s need for regular sleep.  Can’t be your best without good rest.

Here are some ways to engage in EMOTIONAL rest:

  • Set boundaries in relationships.  You can’t be everything to everybody.
  • Practice self-affirmations.
  • Learn to say “no”.  You can do anything, but not everything.

Here are some ways to engage in SPIRITUAL rest:

  • Take time to focus on connecting to your higher power.
  • Ground yourself through deep breathing, meditation, and/or prayer.
  • Contemplate words of wisdom.