Many might think that the only way to properly rest and recharge is through sleep. However, according to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, an internal medicine physician, that is not true; there are many different types of rest. An expert in the art of resting, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith shares her insights with professionals on how to optimise their times and schedules, so as to increase their productivity and happiness. Here we discuss the three types of rest everyone needs to fully recharge, especially now that people’s homes have become their workplaces.
Sleeping or napping is indeed one way to get physical rest, but it is not the only way. Physical rest should leave the body feeling restored and recharged, meaning that a brisk walk or some gentle yoga can also do the trick. Treating yourself to a massage, taking a long bath, or stretching are also excellent ways to get the blood flowing and improve flexibility.
According to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a hallmark of mental unrest is the inability to focus. The key to achieving mental rest is intentionality. Intentionally schedule breaks in between the endless string of Zoom calls. Try to avoid screens during these breaks and give your mind a chance to settle. Give meditation a go if you know that it helps you feel grounded, pick up a good fantasy book or clean up the room in which you work. All of these will leave your mind feeling refreshed and ready for work.
Sensory rest is crucial both for physical and mental rest. Our worlds are filled with lights and noises and it is important to be aware of the damage these can cause to our mental and physical health. As with mental rest, intentionality is key for achieving sensory rest. Setting screens aside or dimming the lights before going to bed are good ways to unwind at the end of a long day and find rest.