I remember as a child when falling asleep was a problem, my mother would advise that resting was just as valuable as sleep. While we recognise the benefit of a good night’s sleep there should be time allotted as part of our daily routine to a period of concentrated rest and relaxation.
We all love a little bit or a lot of R+R. Relaxation is to calm down while Rest is to stop any kind of activity, down tools and take stock.
The importance of rest and relaxation is prominent in ancient teachings with religious conventions citing the need for a day of prayer or rest to help recalibrate the effect of a working week and to take time out for mindfulness and wellbeing.
When we relax, the flow of blood increases around our body which ultimately results in a higher level of energy. It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind which aids positive thinking, concentration, memory and decision making. Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure and relieves tension and basically helps us to rest.
It would be an understatement to say that currently all our lives have been affected by Coronavirus whether as a key worker under enormous pressure working long and demanding shifts, laying low as a furloughed worker or working from home with financial worries, not to mention the domestic upheaval of families locked in together for most of the day or living alone with little day to day contact. No situation is ideal. We are subject to pressures never endured before on a scale where our daily life patterns have been thrown into disarray. There can be no better time to put into practice a little R+R regime.
Stresses in our day can cause damage to the quality of our lives as self-expectations are set high and meeting these goals can be traumatic and at such times we can lose sight of the need to practice rest with the excuse that there is no time. In fact there is no better time to chill.
A few simple ways to relax in lock down mode
- Soak in a hot bath
- Take long slow breaths
- Gentle exercise
- Stroking an animal ( if available! )
- Hand massage
- Be creative with art or writing
Nobody is immune from a crisis and, no more so than now, we need to build up reserves when life’s emergencies come along.
Take five minutes, find some peace put your Fifty One Apparel lounge pants on and enjoy the R+R……we will get through this #weareinthistogether