The 7 Types of Rest Your Soul and Body Needs, besides Sleeping

What Types of Rests do You Need?

Rest is more than just sleep!

Whenever we think of rest, we think passivity. Everything must come to a halt and we should preferably be ‘static’.

But that is just one type of rest you are thinking of. The other 6 types you miss out on would be keeping you away from fully expressing your potential at work or at your household chores.

“Most people, when they think about rest, they have a very one-sided approach—they lounge around, don’t do anything, and think that’s what rest is,” says Dalton-Smith. “We try it, and then when we’re still rest-deprived we think it doesn’t work.” 

For the most part of my life, I have been in the illusion that resting only meant, stopping all activities, lying down on the bed and relaxing. I believed that having a short span of a power nap is all I needed to reset my brain. But wait, sometimes taking naps made me feel more exhausted than ever.

I wondered why? Now I know, resting always does not mean lying down. “People say, ‘I’m tired all the time, I’m drained,’” Dalton-Smith quotes from his experience. “If they’re waking up (after sleeping) and still exhausted, the issue probably doesn’t sleep. It’s likely a rest deficit.” 


What is rest and why do we need it?

Rest is the time period in which one replenishes one’s energy resources, both mentally and physically, to prepare one’s body to perform the next set of activities with the desired fervor.  

It is not only about restoring the energy in our body but also about being able to get back to work with the same intensity. We do get drained mentally and physically when we have been working for long hours and actively using our energies. 

To your surprise, there are 6 other types of rest besides physical rest. Experts are of the opinion that one can make use of the appropriate type of rest, based on the deficit.

Staying busy is easy. But resting has become a challenge. 

According to physician Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D., author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Renew Your Sanity, humans need are physical, emotional, mental, sensory, social, creative and spiritual. 

Here are the 7 types of rest you need to know about:

The 7 Types of Rest Your Soul and Body Needs, besides Sleeping
The 7 Types of Rest Your Soul and Body Needs, besides Sleeping

1. Physical Rest 

It’s quite simple to understand when we are physically exhausted. When it becomes difficult for you to keep your eyes open anymore, it’s a signal that your body is overworked and in need of rest.

Physical rest is typically meant for releasing tension and soothing your body which helps to restore essential energy required for physical activities that we have to expend energy on. When the body is denied physical rest for too long, it will significantly lose its functional efficiency. Through the natural process of aging our need for physical rest gets more noticeable. 

Whether you are working out or sitting too long at the desk, your body requires a physical rest in the form of body stretching, deep breathing and power naps

Do not underestimate the power of physical rest. Go hit the bed an hour earlier than usual, sans electronic gadgets and get a good sleep.


2. Emotional rest

Emotional overload, be it in your personal or professional sphere can deteriorate your brain’s functional efficiency. Emotional rest is a vital component in promoting your mental health, happiness, contentment, and holiness.

Most of our lives we are on our defensive mode. We are so used to suppressing our emotions that currently, emotional rest is all we need. 

Switch-off your defensive mode and get down to express everything that is bothering you to someone you can completely trust. Make it a point to unburden your emotional load at the end of each day either by writing a journal, by self-talking or sharing disturbing emotions with someone. 

Emotional rest also includes taking care to stay disconnected from people who provoke negative emotions in you like anger, envy, shame, guilt, jealousy or even frustration. 


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Shreyasi Debnath
An editor and writer keeping keen interest in painting, creative writing and reading. I did my Masters in Clinical and Counselling Psychology and have been a counselling psychologist at a primary school for the past 1 year. I love doing absolutely anything that mends a mind and soothes a soul. Most often than not, I ponder over to come up with poems. A wandering soul in search for meaning.
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