Make Time This Easter Weekend to Rest, Relax and Recharge
Making time for rest is key to a healthy lifestyle. Rest rejuvenates your body and mind, stabilizes your mood and improves learning and memory function. In contrast, not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory and stress levels.
When you ask most people today if they set aside time for rest, they’ll say they’re far too busy to rest. Even fewer would say that they dedicate any time simply for relaxation. There are just too many things to do.
Unfortunately, this hectic pace is causing damage to our quality of life. We have become accustomed to being continually connected through our devices and always on the clock. However, if we made rest a priority we would very likely see improvements in productivity, performance and health.
This Easter weekend, try a few of these techniques to introduce more rest into your life.
- Make time for downtime. Just like with doctor visits and going to the gym, make rest time a priority. This is especially important when you are feeling stressed, even if it’s only a leisurely walk around the neighborhood.
- Follow a routine that allows you time to transition from one part of the day into the next. For example, consider waking up 10 minutes earlier and before turning on the TV, radio, computer or cell phone, take the time to do some simple stretches. Give your mind a break.
- Consider participating in an activity that requires your full attention, such as playing a team sport. This type of activity can give you a mental break by requiring you to be fully present both physically and mentally.
- Try a mini meditation. In a relaxed position, close your eyes and breathe naturally. Try to empty your mind as you inhale, focusing only on your breathing. Continue this for at least five minutes but try for 10 to 20 minutes. Any time your mind starts to wander, gently pull it back.