Are you Chronically Fatigued?

It is a known fact that sleep and rest are not the same thing, although many of us incorrectly confuse the two.

We go through life thinking we’ve rested because we have gotten to sleep — but in reality we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need. The result is a culture of high-achieving, high-producing, chronically tired and chronically burned-out individuals.

We’re suffering from a rest deficit because we don’t understand the true power of rest. That is why you can sleep and still wake up fatigued. We live on an ongoing lack of energy. We think we need to get more sleep — only to do so and still feel exhausted.

I recently came across an article that highlighted seven different types of rest that every person will need. And that indeed, rest should equal restoration in those seven key areas of your life. I shall be sharing them in the paragraphs that follow.

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1. Physical Rest

This is the literal resting of the body. This includes the physical restorative rest. It may be passive or active.

  • a. Passive physical rest includes sleeping and napping.
  • b. Active physical rest means restorative activities such as yoga, stretching and massage therapy that help improve the body’s circulation and flexibility.

2. Mental Rest

When you are mental rest deficit, you will be irritable and forgetful, and you have a difficult time concentrating on work. When you lay to sleep at night, you struggle to turn off yours brain as conversations from the day fill your thoughts. And then you wake up feeling as if you never went to bed.

Frequent and regular short breaks are helpful here as they are helpful reminders for you to slow down.

3. Sensory Rest

Bright lights, computer screens, background noise and multiple conversations — whether they’re in an office or on Zoom calls — can cause our senses to feel overwhelmed. 

Intentional moments of sensory deprivation can begin to undo the damage inflicted by the over-stimulating world. This may include closing your eyes for a minute in the middle of the day, as well as by  intentionally unplugging from electronics at the end of every day. 

4. Creative Rest

Take a break from overwhelming brainstorming. Take breaks that awaken your sense of awe and wonder. Helpful breaks include appreciating nature; it also includes enjoying the arts. Turn your workspace into a place of inspiration by displaying images of places you love and works of art that speak to you. 

5. Emotional Rest

This means having the time and space to freely express your feelings and cut back on people pleasing. Emotional rest also requires the courage to be authentic; it also means being honest about how you truly feel.

6. Social Rest

Social rest deficit occurs when we fail to differentiate between those relationships that revive us from those relationships that exhaust us. To experience more social rest, surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Even if your interactions have to occur virtually, you can choose to engage more fully in them by turning on your camera and focusing on who you’re speaking to.

7. Spiritual Rest

This is the ability to connect beyond the physical and mental and feel a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance and purpose. To receive this, engage in something greater than yourself and add prayer, meditation or community involvement to your daily routine.

As we can see, sleep alone can’t restore us to the point we feel rested. So it’s time for us to begin focusing on getting the right type of rest we need.

These are excerpts from original article written by Saundra Dalton

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