What kind of Tired are you?
You can either honor your need to rest or succumb to mandatory rest because one way or another, rest will have it’s way. Your body needs:
• sensory and
• creative rest.
Did you know that there are different kinds of rest?
Have you ever wondered why you didn’t feel completely rested even after taking a break, off-loading your busy schedule or sleeping?
Chronic stress and lack of rest leads to a rest deficit. A deficit occurs when the amount of rest you get is inadequate to meet the demands of your daily needs.
Some activities can only restore a specific kind of rest deficit. So, you need to know what kind of rest you need, in order to engage in activities that specifically replenish the area of insufficient rest.
If you don’t get the right kind of rest, you will still feel empty.
How do you know what kind of Rest you need?
You must be wondering, how can rest be so complicated? We’ve always thought of rest as passive. Something we do when we have expended ourselves and need to recuperate.
Contrary to what you may have thought, rest isn’t at all passive. You have to be intentional and purposeful about the kind of rest you initiate based on your need.
If you wake up fully energized every morning but are exhausted by the afternoon, you may be missing adequate physical rest to sustain your day.
Or if you get up tired in the morning and then become energized as the day goes on, you may have a creative rest deficit.
And if you experience an overall lack of meaning and fulfillment, then spiritual or emotional rest could be the kind of rest you need.
Understanding which type of rest you lack and need is very important.
If your job is mentally draining but not physically demanding, then physical rest won’t quite restore you because mental rest is what you need to renew your mind back to a healthy state.
If you are surrounded by constant noise or are staring at a bright computer screen all day, then your body will need sensory rest to feel refreshed.
If you struggle with faith and the meaning of life, then spiritual rest is what you need to return to a place of peaceful contentment.
For every depleting activity in your day, there is a counter reviving activity to bring restorative balance.
In order to identify what type of rest you need, you’ll have to take an introspective look at your current state.
Take a moment to complete a personal rest assessment online at https://ichoosemybestlife.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test/.
Permission to Rest.
You can either make time for rest or mandatory rest will be inevitable. The best time to rest is when you don’t have time for it.
“You have permission to Rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try and make everyone happy. For now, take time for you. It’s time to Replenish.” – Unknown
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” ~ Psalm 62:1
“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” ~ Psalm 116:7
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