You’ve got to work hard to get where you want to be. Isn’t that what you’ve been told since you were a child? While hard work in life is definitely necessary, this old adage has developed into many people believing they have to work 16-hour days in order to be successful. There’s little time left for rest or play when you live this way, and, believe it or not, rest and play are as essential to your happiness and success as hard work!
Times of rest and play allow our minds some freedom and time to relax. While we’re enjoying mentally restful activities, our brains keep right on mulling over our decisions and problem solving. Relaxing the mind a bit allows it time to play around with ideas. Often, before you know it, a great idea pops into your head! So, if you’re working to be your best, it’s time to work in some rest.
Activities for Mental Rest
Here are a few ways you can tap into the power of a rested mind and have some fun while doing it!
- Enjoy art. From adult coloring books to sculpting and painting classes, art allows your mind to rest and relax, releasing tension and bringing forth new, fresh ideas and outlooks. Stepping out of your comfort zone also broadens your mind, so try a new art form you’ve never explored before!
- Take a nature walk. Empty the mind and take a relaxing stroll outdoors. Use your senses to experience everything around you — sounds, colors, wildlife. This is a form of mindfulness practice and is extremely restorative. Simply being in nature can improve your mood, raise your vitamin D levels and boost your immunity, so start strolling!
- Sneak in a nap. Naps are not just for the lazy. In fact, we can all benefit from naps from time to time. And when it comes to resting and relaxing, it doesn’t get much more simple than lying down to take a nap!
- Practice Kundalini yoga. All yoga is fantastic for the body and mind, but if you are looking for a truly restorative practice, turn to Kundalini. This type of yoga incorporates meditation, movement, breathing techniques and chanting for a full-body restorative practice. It’s a wonderful healing activity that I encourage you to try.
- Meditate. I often recommend meditation to my clients. The benefits are astounding! With meditation, find a practice that suits you. You can find benefit from just 10-15 minutes a day. Give it a try for a month, and see how your life changes.
- Attend a retreat. If you can’t get away on a vacation but need to recharge, find a mini retreat near you. I’ve got one coming up on Aug. 26 where we will focus on … rest! We’ll find stillness together and escape the overwhelming stimuli of the everyday. Come be empowered to find joy in the balance of body, mind and spirit!
Put the full power of your mind to work for you by allowing it the rest and play it needs. Weave these practices into your life and see the magic that balancing work and play can bring. For more ideas for building restful, restorative practices into your life, contact me. We can work together to bring peace, productivity and satisfaction to your days.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.