Burnout Prevention demonstrates the seven types of rest everyone needs. Rest isn’t just about relaxing on the weekend… In order to truly replenish our energy, we need to schedule the right kind of restorative activities into our day. According to doctor Sandra Dalton Smith, there are seven types of rest. THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR VIEW ON ~ HOW ~ YOU REST.

  • PHYSICAL rest – relieving your body of physical stress, such as muscle tension headaches and the lack of sleep. This could be passive physical rest such as sleeping,  napping, or active physical rest such as yoga or massage. 
  • SOCIAL rest – spending time with people who don’t need anything from you, where you just enjoy each other’s company. If you ever find yourself saying; ‘can I just get a moment for me’,  you might need to spend some time around life-giving people rather than people who are pulling from your social energy. 
  • MENTAL rest – giving your brain a break from the inner chatter or from thinking or focusing too hard. If you find it hard to sleep at night because your mind is racing, it might be time to plan some activities that give you brain break meditation, a tech free walk or a body scan can all improve your mental stamina.
  • SPIRITUAL rest – connecting with something larger than yourself. If you are religious this might be practising your faith or going to church. If not, it might mean engaging with something that gives you a sense of purpose, whether that’s through community or through work where you feel like what you do matters. 
  • EMOTIONAL rest – authentically expressing your feelings and illuminating people-pleasing behaviours. If you feel like you always have to keep your emotions in check or if you’re carrying a lot of emotional labour, it might be time for you to truly express what you’re feeling and prioritise your emotional needs above others. 
  • CREATIVE rest – exposing yourself to inspiring environments without feeling the need to produce a creative rest is about reawakening the creativity inside of each of us. This could be anything that helps you to feel inspired, like a creative hobby, going to an art gallery, or being in and around nature 
  • SENSORY rest – the opportunity to give your senses a break. For example, from technology, bright lights and loud noises. Whether or not you’re consciously aware of the sensory input around you, your body is. People who need a sensory rest may find that they feel good at the beginning of the day but can’t understand why at the end of the day they are so agitated or irritable.  

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By Sophia Collins