We know that exercise and a healthy diet is good for the body, but do you know what else is just as good, if not more essential—REST. It may actually trump the other two because it is during our rest that our body regenerates, our mind renews, and our systems reenergize. Here are some brief reasons why and how we can go about achieving more rest.
Your body is always creating new tissue and repairing itself; rest is the optimal time our muscles and other tissue fibers mend and rebuild. Why is rest important to this process? Because it takes energy to make these processes happen and when you are performing your daily activities you are expending more energy than when you are at rest. Thus, the latter provides more energy for your body to use to heal itself. It only makes sense, when you finish working-out with your trainer, she tells you to rest, when you are sick or physically hurt, the doctor advises rest, and after a hard day of work, all you want to do is rest—your body knows it needs it to get back to a healthy physical state.
Rest is also important for the mind. Don’t forget, your brain is the hardest working system in your possession- your “Houston” to your space shuttle. Your brain makes sure that not only do you get the job done at work, but while it does all the number crunching, people managing, problem solving, and kid haranguing, it manages to make sure you have enough hormones running through your body so you’re healthy and hopefully happy. As well, without conscious worry, it helps regulate your digestive process so it can turn your food into energy. But it doesn’t stop there, it figures out where your body is in space so that you don’t trip and fall. How nice! And don’t you think after all that, your brain deserves rest? Of course you do.
Rest is the time when all our systems reenergize—physical, mental, and spiritual. We already spoke briefly why rest is important to your mental and physical self; now let’s delve into why rest is also good for your spirit. First of all, let’s agree to equate rest with slowing down. What does that mean? It means when we rest we pause, take time to acknowledge our breath, and recognize the space around us. Why do you think it’s important for our spirit to do this? It’s important because through this rest process our spirit gets to just “be”. Imagine, all day, most of us are always on-the-go. Never or hardly ever, taking time for ourselves and our spirit to just connect and wholly be present with ourselves. Some are able to practice presence at every moment, but I think most people, and I count myself in that, where the effort is a practice. Let’s retrace what rest means for our spirit: rest = slowing down = being more present. So to rest is to become more present—isn’t that perfect?
How can we rest more? Here are some 10 ways to get more rest for your mind, body, and spirit:
2.Play with your pets
4.Play with your kids
6.Play with your spouse
8.Go for a leisurely walk
10.Get a goodnight sleep
Last thought—as you can see there are “not so active” rest and “active” rest. The latter ones help to rest your mind and spirit. Remember; find some point each day to get a little rest for yourself!
TNT (Till Next Tuesday =)
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