Have you ever tried to overcome your lack of energy with more sleep and still feel tired despite getting enough sleep? If so, you should know that sleep and rest are not the same, although many of us mistakenly equate them. Most people think that adequate sleep means rest, and ignore other types of rest that they desperately need. Many of us lack it because we do not understand the true power of rest. Rest means regaining strength in the seven key areas of life that you will learn about below.
1. Physical rest
The first type of rest is physical rest, which can be inactive or active. Inactive physical rest includes sleeping and napping, but active physical rest means doing invigorating activities such as yoga, stretching, and massage therapy that improve blood circulation and flexibility.
۲. Mental relaxation
Do you know a co-worker who starts each day with a large cup of coffee? He is often moody and forgetful and can hardly focus on his work. This person can hardly calm his mind when he goes to bed at night, because his brain is full of conversations he has with others during the day. Even if he sleeps for 7 to 8 hours, he still feels tired when he wakes up, as if he has not slept at all. These are signs of a lack of mental rest.
Fortunately, you do not need to quit your job or go on vacation to solve this problem. You just have to rest for a short time after every two hours of work. These breaks remind you to work slower and slower. You can also put a notebook by the bedside and write down all the negative and annoying thoughts that keep you from sleeping.
3. Sensory rest
Bright lights, computer screens, background sounds, and other people’s conversations in the office or anywhere else can put a lot of strain on our senses. To neutralize these pressures, we can simply close our eyes for a minute in the middle of the day or turn off all electronic devices at the end of each day. The times when we consciously rest our senses neutralize the damage caused by the stimuli around us.
4. Creative rest
This type of rest is more important for those who need to solve problems or come up with new ideas. Creative rest awakens the wonder and wonder within each of us. Do you remember the first time you saw Damavand Mountain, Caspian Sea or Bisheh waterfall? Watching the beauties of nature, even if they are in the park where you live or in your backyard garden, will give you a creative break.
Of course, creative relaxation is not limited to going to nature, and enjoying works of art also leads to creative relaxation. Turn your workplace into a place that stimulates creativity and an artistic sense by displaying images of beautiful and favorite places and works of art. You can not stare at empty walls or cluttered environment 40 hours a week and expect to be emotional and passionate, let alone have creative ideas.
5. Emotional rest
Now let’s consider another person: a friend that everyone thinks is the best person they have ever seen. He is someone to whom everyone depends, someone you call whenever you need help, because you know that even if he does not want to do it for you, he will honestly say “yes” instead of “no”. But when he is alone, he feels that others do not appreciate him and abuse him.
This person needs emotional rest. Emotional rest means having the time and space to freely express your feelings and stop trying to please others. You need to have the courage to express your true feelings for emotional rest. In your emotional break in answering the question “How are you today?” “I’m not good,” you honestly say. And then you say things that you don’t usually talk about.
6. Social rest
If you need emotional rest, you probably also lack social rest. Lack of social rest occurs when we do not distinguish between relationships that give us strength and energy and relationships that only make us tired. For social relaxation, you need to have more relationships with positive people and those who support you. Even if your communication has to be virtual, you can interact and communicate better by turning on the camera and making a video call.
7. Spiritual rest
The last type of rest is spiritual rest, which is the ability to establish a connection beyond our physical and mental existence and to feel a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance and purpose. For this kind of rest and spiritual growth, you need to interact with something bigger than yourself and add prayer and meditation to your daily routine.
The last word
Sleep alone can not make you feel relaxed and regain energy. Therefore, it is better to enjoy all kinds of rest. Of course, fatigue can also be associated with many health problems. So if you still do not feel tired after following the recommendations in this article, it is better to see a doctor to check for the possibility of these health problems.
What do you think? Have you tried other types of rest? We are happy for you to share your views and experiences with us.