Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity.
Sleep or quiet relaxation. Relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance. Mental or emotional tranquillity.
Most people associate rest with sleep, but you are able to rest while being fully awake.
Why do we need to rest?
A quarter of all women and a fifth of men who work full time say they are dissatisfied with their work-life balance according to the 2010 Australian Work & Life Index. If we are able to have time to rest and relax we are better able to deal with the stresses of life. 32% of people also have insomnia or sleep disturbances, so they are stuck in a vicious cycle. However you can still get rest and recharge your batteries. According to Dr Matthew Edlund we need four types of rest - physical,social,mental & spiritual rest.
So how can you get rest and restore balance to your life?
You take some "Me" Time.
Physical rest can just be a 5 min doze, social rest is about spending time with people that make us happy, mental relaxation can include visulization and listening, and for spiritual rest we need to be present in the moment. The way I find to do this most effectively is to sit out in nature and just enjoy the moment, however if you can't do this look at an image of nature instead, be present in the moment and imagine yourself in this setting. Spend a few minutes doing this a few times a day & you will experience the benefits.
This is what I bring to you in my photography and art, a way to rest & relax wherever you are.
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