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34 Ways To Rest Your Body Apart From Just Sleeping

Starting Daily Meditation Another daily tool for relaxation that is similar to the concept of using the breath to rest your body is meditation. You can… Trista - September 13, 2020
Begin to meditate each day using a meditation app that you can use at your desk or home. Image via Shutterstock

Starting Daily Meditation

Another daily tool for relaxation that is similar to the concept of using the breath to rest your body is meditation. You can do meditation wherever you are; you don’t need a yoga studio and candles to benefit from this. 

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Download a meditation app on your phone, schedule 10 minutes out of your day – perhaps at the start of it to set your day off on a good note. Put in your earphones and follow the guided meditation practice. You can do this whenever you are feeling overwhelmed to help your body and mind relax again. 

Listen to soothing music to help your mind relax and block out anything that is causing you to be distracted. Image via Shutterstock

Playing Soft Music

While you have those earphones in, you can use music to help you rest. Soothing music can have a very relaxing effect on you. If you work in a noisy environment or easily get distracted, this can help. 

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By blocking out distractions, you will be more able to get through your work, which will leave you feeling less stressed. Less stress means extra rest for your body. Look at buying some noise-canceling headphones if you want the full effect and find this method helps you. 

Stepping out for a walk in the fresh air is excellent for mind rest, and your body will feel refreshed too if you are at a desk all day. Image via Shutterstock

Going For A Walk

Find a way to fit in a bit of exercise each day. This concept doesn’t require you to hit the gym every morning before work; it just means getting up from your desk and moving your body to increase your serotonin levels.

Fresh air does your body wonders. Get up and take a walk during your day. This activity can be just ten minutes or thirty during a break you have. Simple things like this can allow you to clear your mind and feel more rested during the day. 

Make sure you set times to clock off from work, especially if you are self-employed. Shutterstock

Setting Boundaries

Create more boundaries for yourself when it comes to work and personal life. When you get home from work, stop checking your emails, and give yourself some proper time off and out of the office. 

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This idea is also vital if you work for yourself. It may seem that you have to be on the clock always, but this won’t be good for you in the long run. Set yourself a time limit and end your workday at a particular time each day. 

A morning ritual can be as long or short as you need it to be. It will help you to start your day feeling rested. Image via Shutterstock

Creating A Morning Ritual

Create a new morning ritual for yourself. This concept is the perfect way to relax your mind and body before the start of the day. That will look different for everyone and will depend on what you find to be relaxing. 

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It could be taking time to enjoy your coffee with no interruptions or journaling your feelings and worries about the day ahead. Take between 10 to 30 minutes for this ritual, and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to start the day. 

Getting lost in a good book is a great way to take your mind off stressing you so that your mind can have a break. Image via Shutterstock

Reading A Book

When was the last time you read a book? A book is a fantastic way to rest without sleeping. Whether it is fiction or factual, reading is so good for you and helps you to relax your mind and your body. 

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You could use your morning ritual to do some reading before you start your day. Reading takes your mind off other things and allows you to reset your mind. It’s also great to read before bed and might even help you sleep better. 

Relax in a warm bath at the end of the day; allow your body to lie down and soak up the heat. Image via Shutterstock

Taking A Bath

A bath is another way to rest that doesn’t involve sleeping. This idea is the perfect way to relax your body after a long day or even if you have had an intense workout. Let your body soak in warm water and feel relaxed. 

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You can add extras to make it more relaxing like bath salts and oil, candles, and even something to watch or read while you soak in the tub. That also allows your body to lie down and take a moment to rest. 

Eating certain things and big meals before bedtime can make it difficult for your body to rest properly. Image via Shutterstock

Thinking About What You Eat

Did you know that the type of food you eat can help you rest better? Apart from the apparent avoidance of caffeine from the afternoon onwards, there are other choices you could be making to help you sleep better at night. 

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Avoid eating chocolate, steak, and spicy foods as these can keep you up at night. When you eat a big meal late in the evening, your metabolism has to work very hard, and this can make you have a restless night.

Being on your phone all night won’t help you relax, turn off your phone and do something else to relax. Image via Shutterstock

Leaving Electronics Out The Bedroom

To get the best possible sleep at night and feel relaxed adequately at your bedtime, you should make sure that you leave all electronic devices behind, especially your cellphone.

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We start aimlessly scrolling and not allowing our minds time to rest from looking at a screen all day long. Fill your evening time with other things like reading, journaling, listening to calming music, or chatting with your family. 

Giving yourself a bedtime is the most natural thing you can do to feel more energized the following day. Image via Shutterstock

Setting A Bedtime

Last but not least, assign yourself a bedtime. Remember when you were younger, and you were sent to bed at a specific time? That is a habit you should take up in adulthood too. We all tend to go to bed late because our minds are too busy.

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Switch off at some point in the evening and start your winding down process. When you can go to bed at a reasonable hour and go to bed feeling relaxed, you will sleep better, which will give you more energy the next day. 

Resting your body and mind is one of the best habits you can get into this year and continue it for the rest of your life. Image via Shutterstock

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Allowing your body time to rest and recover is the best gift you can give yourself. When your body is feeling it’s best, you will perform well and be able to do the things you want to without feeling overworked and overwhelmed. 

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Resting your mind is also essential, and the way to do this is by eliminating the things that cause you to stress, and if you can’t, finding a way to manage this. There are simple ways and significant life changes you can make. 

Sources: 

https://www.firstbeat.com/en/blog/how-to-design-your-weekend-to-boost-recovery-for-the-working-week/

https://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2016/04/22-ways-rest-more-beyond-sleep/

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