August 12, 2020


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29 Ways to Find REST

Are you good at resting? 

I know that may seem like a silly question, but many of us are not very good at it (for the record, I’m the worst!).

According to Cambridge Dictionary, we can understand rest as: to (cause someone or something to) stop doing a particular activity or stop being active for a period of time in order to relax and get back your strength.

For most of us, however, that’s not as easy as it sounds. In my case, my productivity-loving parents, the media, my competitive nature, and my anxiety have driven me into a constant state of doing. 

That’s great when you need to get something done, but we exist for something more dynamic and more subtle than merely accomplishing things or leaving a legacy.

We are human beings — not human doings. 

Not only does constantly striving to achieve things potentially up our cortisol levels and mess up our microbiome, it creates neuropathways that are not conducive to a mindful existence. In other words, the more we focus on doing things, the more our mind rewires around that, which makes us harder to be mindful — which, in case you’ve not been following along, ain’t so great.

So how do we mindfully go the other direction? By getting more rest. 

And, if you need to, go ahead and schedule it — put “rest” on your calendar or do whatever it takes to make rest a bigger part of your existence and see what subtle difference you may notice. To get you started, here’s 29 ways to get your rest on:

  1. Take a silent, mindful walk 
  2. Spend time (or even sitting) in nature 
  3. Play an instrument
  4. Snuggle with your puppy
  5. Snuggle with your partner (snuggling with your puppy and your partner only counts as one, but it’s twice the love!)
  6. Mindfully drink a glass of water
  7. Mindfully drink a glass of wine (more yummy, but more calories!) 
  8. Eye gazing
  9. Have sex
  10. Paint your toe nails
  11. Close your eyes for ten minutes
  12. Close your eyes and listen to your breath
  13. Meditate for 20 minutes
  14. Stare out your window and daydream 
  15. Silently sip a cup of tea
  16. Listen to slow and juicy music while moving your body
  17. Take a 20-minute nap
  18. Pray
  19. Sing
  20. Take a long, warm bath
  21. Take a long, cool bath
  22. Turn off your phone
  23. Turn off social media
  24. Don’t answer the phone
  25. Listening to your favorite overture or album, while doing NOTHING else (put away your device)
  26. Sew, knit, or do crafts
  27. Bake 
  28. Write a letter 
  29. Read a good book

About the Author: Laura Araujo

Passionate about accessible education and evidence-based wellness, Laura founded The MAPS Institute, an educational wellness editorial and platform. Aside from her passion for research and educating, Laura is a classically trained vocalist, sound therapist, and a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. She is the creator of the MAPS (Mindfulness, Activation, Purpose, and Surrender) philosophy and is in continual pursuit of helping her students and herself find balance amid the chaos around and within them. When not sifting through Nature Magazine, complaining about their paywalls, she enjoys trying new wine varietals, experimenting in the kitchen, riding her bicycle (sometimes cross-country), and spending time with her husband Charlie, cockapoo Miles, and expected baby girl, Ella.  Click here to follow the MAPS Institute on social media.



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