Our society often views rest and downtime as either a luxury or as optional. We’re encouraged to fill every second, to have our phones on 24/7, and to keep moving our attention to the next bright shiny thing to keep us occupied.
Unfortunately we’re not made for that. Our bodies and brains are made for rhythms. Wake then sleep. Activity then rest.
As you’d know, without enough rest, we get physically tired. Without downtime, we get mentally tired. This makes us irritable and less pleasant to be around. It also affects our memory and ability to concentrate.
A long weekend provides a great opportunity to rest, recharge, and reconnect with what’s important to you – family, friends, pets, and pastimes you enjoy.
To encourage you to do as little as possible, I’m tempted to not suggest any Action Steps this week! 🙂
However, if you want to recharge as much as possible and would like some pointers on what’ll deliver you the biggest results, try these…
1. Enjoy being a human ‘being’ instead of a human ‘doing’
We’re on the go so much these days that it can easily become the new normal. We cut back sleep and rest and then wonder why we’re tired and foggy-brained. Slowing down allows your body and brain to recharge and can also provide you with a fresh perspective on what really matters in life.
2. Embrace a 3D (not 2D) life
Switch off your phone, iPad, laptop, Netflix, and TV for a while. Get out and enjoy some time out of your head and in your body. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Visit a gallery. Go to a sports game. Have some fun!
3. Let go of FOMO and enjoy JOMO instead
Often we keep connected because we don’t want to miss out on something great – the fear of missing out (FOMO). But what’s the opportunity cost? Missing out on something great! Try the joy of missing out (JOMO) and unplug from the world around you so you can immerse yourself in something pleasurable without distraction. Lose yourself in a book. Daydream. Whatever fills you up, mentally and emotionally.
None of these will be new to you…but do you have any of these planned? Recharge time is key to maintaining your wellbeing and resilience to stress.
What will you do this weekend to rest and recharge yourself, in both body and mind?