Cultivating regular rest is a great way to protect ourselves from future burnout. Any rest practices that you can make a ritual of are going to help your cause and set a new precedence for your overall feelings of wellbeing.
If you feel like life is feeling overwhelmingly hectic and busy you're not alone. We know lots of us are finding it difficult to switch off and relax at the moment. The irony is when we're feeling like this we tend to do anything but rest and relax. We pack our weekends busier and pile more activities into our evenings.
And the cycle continues.
It feels like being busy/rushed and stressed is the goal and rest if a luxury. Rather than an essential and entirely natural part of living a good, healthy and fulfilled life.
Rest is not about being lazy is actually about being more productive.
We've forgotten how to rest, repair and restore ourselves.
Our Philosophy at Chapter is to inspire moments of daily rest throughout your everyday rhythms and routines because rest is completely essential for our mental wellbeing.
What is rest?
Taking time out to rest is healing on the body and mind. Think of a siesta, the perfect 10-30 minutes of rest.
Rest can be felt in many forms; reading, walking, taking a bath, cooking, watching tv, yoga. Rest is an art and it needs to be practiced every single day to be beneficial.
Finding your rest routine will feel like a really exciting and rewarding experiment.
The benefits of rest
Rest helps us to recharge our batteries so that we can make the most of our lives. Research shows it can also help to reduce stress levels and fatigue, improve cognitive abilities, and increase focus. Rest is essential for physical and mental wellbeing.
3 ideas to bring rest into your day
1.) Know your boundaries, are you listening to your mind and body at the moment and fully understanding what is bringing you joy, fulfilment and contentment. If you have been dismissing rest because you're too busy its time to create some new boundaries for yourself and your mental health. Can you clear your diary this week, say no to the late night work event, skip a social occasion and create a new self care evening once/twice a week to nourish yourself
2.) If you're new to resting, finding micro rest moments can be a great place to start. Close your eyes for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths, notice 3 things you can hear, 3 things you can smell, 3 things you can touch and 3 things you can taste. This is a grounding, mindfulness exercise that is perfect to do with The Quiet Purest Blend Rollerball.
3.) Create a bed time routine and stick to it 5/6 nights out of 7 with the same consistent bed time. Make bedtime a retreat that you want to go on every single night. Warm baths, reading, no devices in your bedroom, lovely soft lighting, herbal teas and The Peace Aromatherapy Mist for your pillows.
Happy Resting x