Insights: What Is Rest?

A woman laying on her back on the sofa with her legs up resting on the top of the sofa, reading a book

Why is rest important? As we embark on a new year and a new decade, one of the most important things we need to factor in to our goals and plans is the value of rest.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The importance of rest and recovery
  • The many different forms of rest
  • Rest and heartfulness
  • What you gain when you rest and recover

Key Takeaways:

  • The reason why most people are under-recovered is that they’re not getting enough rest, they’re not prioritising it and not appreciating it.
  • Most people think of rest as “bed rest”, but it can come in many other forms as well. There is active rest, which is perhaps taking a walk. And rest can also be hobbies.
  • Heartfulness is reconnecting with a hobby or a passion that you used to really enjoy. It’s very restful for the mind, it’s very restful for the body, and it can really make a huge difference to your wellbeing.
  • Your passions are also another form of rest. And that might be connecting with other people or doing things for something that’s bigger than you.
  • Meditation and meditative things are also very good for resting the mind and resting the body.
  • The ultimate rest and recovery comes when we sleep.

Action Steps:

  • Prioritise and appreciate rest.
  • Practice heartfulness.
  • Seize back some of your autonomy by prioritising the things that you love.
  • Think about what it is that you find restful and open up your mind to what that thing could be. Then make some time in your diary to make sure it happens.

Leanne said:

“I feel like we don’t have a great deal of autonomy. Like we’re always dancing to someone else’s tune, whether that’s work or family life or the rhythms of your household.”

“It isn’t necessarily about being inactive but rest can be active as well. And it can just be about reconnecting with hobbies and passions, the things that relax your mind and make you feel a bit more connected to the world.”

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