Most of us live in the hustle and bustle, work and exercise harder, do more and achieve more. Or at least we were raised with some level of that mentality. But when is it enough? Are there better ways to live our lives, get more of them, and “get” as much as we already are – if not more? Exactly. Our answer? More rest!
The Rest Revolution
Where the hustle and bustle mentality predominates, burnout tends to be rampant, and people sacrifice their needs, relationships, and well-being to do more. When you reach burnout or do too much, everything in your life tends to get worse.
That’s why we’re seeing more health trends like floating tanks and Yin yoga encouraging people to rest and rejuvenate, along with more social media accounts dedicated to spreading the message of relaxation. A rest revolution is taking over and we’re all here for it.
Rest and Nervous System
Rest is critical to organizing your life. tense systemIt is responsible for controlling, regulating and communicating processes in the body. The nervous system is strengthened by stress and causes hormones such as cortisol to rise. Some cortisol is necessary and some stress is natural, but too much can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
Stress-related anxiety, headache, tension or hormonal disorderIt may be time to rest. Not that you need an excuse. Rest is one of the best antidotes to stress and helps bring the nervous system into a state of relaxation and regulation. If you think you don’t have enough time to rest, let’s put it this way – you actually don’t have enough time to rest.
Listen More and Do More
When you’re in work or school mode or trying to achieve certain goals, you tend to think that more is more. But this is not always the case. Sometimes when you do more for more, you start to be sloppy, self-doubtful, or not putting your best work on.
Consider working. If you are into fitness or sports, you know the importance of rest days. This allows your muscles to heal and helps prevent injury so you can perform better when you come back. Rest doesn’t just create physical rejuvenation, it regulates your emotions, mental health, and spirit.
Bustle and burnout don’t feed creativity and inspiration, they zap it. If you once felt that you were in a rush, blocked writers, or weren’t able to produce the kind of work you wanted, you probably need more rest. Giving yourself the rest you need helps you work smarter, not harder, so that you can do more of the things that matter to you and feel better overall.
Rest and Sex
Rest not only helps you with your work or school life, it can also improve your sex life. Women’s sexual pleasure can be complicated, especially when you’re de-stressing from everyday life. When you allow yourself enough rest to regulate your nervous system, you can enjoy more and form a deeper bond with yourself and your partner, if any.
That’s why things like this breath work and meditation all of which can help improve your sex life. Rest gives you space to communicate better, feel more subtle and complex levels of pleasure, and have the kind of sex you’ve always dreamed of. Sounds too good to be true? Try it yourself.
Work With Your Cycle
One of the best ways to create more opportunities for rest is to work with your menstrual cycle. Your hormones fluctuate and change throughout the month, especially around ovulation and your period. These fluctuations can make you more tired or energetic (which I know you’re aware of) and naturally require more rest.
If you are discouraged by fluctuating energy levels, you can begin to show yourself more grace by understanding what is causing these changes. Keeping track of your cycle With tools like the cycle diary and period apps, it helps you get an idea of your energy levels and what to expect at different times of the month. Knowing your cycle allows you to plan projects and social activities when you have more energy and create space to relax when you need it most.
Rest Your Way
If taking a nap isn’t for you, don’t worry – there are many ways to relax. Lounging around the house and watching Netflix might be your thing, or perhaps you can sit back and relax with your friends playing pranks. You may like to cook or play music, or you may prefer to read. Rest is anything that helps you feel rested. You will rest in your own way.
The most important thing when you start to rest more is to make a decision. If you judge yourself for resting but you are doing it, you are actually creating more stress. You deserve everything you need and you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Now go take a rest!