My husband and I recently took a rest week. We had been working so hard with no breaks that we realized we needed a rest day. So, we booked a last-minute getaway to Sarasota and spent a lot of time doing nothing, and just relaxing at the beach.
If you’re like most people, the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “rest day” is probably not “fun.” And yet, rest days are just as important as any other day.
A lot of people think that they can’t afford to take a rest day because of the high-pressure demands of work—but they’re wrong!
In this blog post, we’ll talk about why rest days are important for your mental health—and how they can help you be more productive in the long run!
Rest days are just as important as workdays and should be spent in relaxation.
Rest days are just as important as workdays. However, they are especially important when it comes to our mental health. When we’re constantly working toward goals or trying to prove ourselves, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what makes us who we are: our friends, family, community, etc.
Taking time out of your schedule each week just for YOU can help you realize how much there is in life besides work—and how much more important those things are than whatever project you’re trying to finish or the client deadline you’re trying to meet.
It is also important you pay attention to how you spend your rest day. You could spend your rest day with friends or family, or you could spend it doing a hobby (like knitting or painting). You could even sit around scrolling Pinterest or watching TV all day!
Whatever you choose to do on your rest day, remember that the point is to take time off from work.
When my husband and I were planning our trip, we decided to travel without our computers and laptops. Because we needed an atmosphere that was completely free from work distractions.
This helps prevent what’s called “burnout,” which is when you get tired of doing something because it feels like too much work. And if left untreated can lead to anxiety and depression.
Try creating a ritual for yourself.
Your rest days are a time to practice self-care, but if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to figure out what exactly that means. I’ve found that when I’m feeling stressed or exhausted, the last thing I want to do is put any effort into something as mundane and seemingly pointless as taking care of myself. So how can you practice self-care in a way that feels accessible and easy? Creating a ritual is one way!
Rituals have been used for centuries by cultures around the world as a way of supporting spiritual growth and healing. Within this framework, rituals can help restore balance and order by allowing us to step back from our busy lives (even just for an hour) and reflect on what matters most to us. More importantly though: they make those moments matter even more because they are intentional actions we take with intention behind them—they give us purpose beyond simply surviving another day at work or school.
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If you’re like me though (and maybe also not), creating rituals isn’t always easy because most things seem like too much effort when I’m having trouble keeping my head above water emotionally—which is why it’s so important for me personally that my rest days include some kind of activity. This might mean journaling before bed every night; doing devotionals in the morning; spending an hour reading outside after lunch, taking long walks, etc.
However long your ritual takes up each day (mine takes up about two hours total), making this part of your daily routine will allow you space from life’s demands.
To conclude, if you can, it’s always good to take a rest day. You deserve it! and so does your physical body. Just make sure that you spend your rest days in a way that supports your mental health and helps prevent burnout.