Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for ALL ages. It rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and is linked to learning and memory function. On the other hand, not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory, and stress level.
The three R’s for maintaining a healthy lifestyle have nothing to do with natural resources and waste management, although those are GREAT things to practice for the environment (reduce, reuse and recycle). Rather, most importantly, the three R’s that need to be a part of our lives consistently are rest, rejuvenate and renewal.
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1. Make time for down time. Consider a leisurely walk or a 5-minute mini meditation. Just close your eyes and focus only on your breathing for 5 minutes.
2. Follow a routine. Consider waking up 10 minutes early each day for some simple stretches to start your day rather than jumping into high-speed mode. Stretch and wind down before bed each night.
3. Give your mind a break. Consider participating in an activity that directs your mind to full attention on that task. Fully “be in the moment,” which will give your mind a mental break from a nagging “to do” list.
1. Schedule your “me” time. If we don’t take the time to step back from the chaos, even a few minutes each day, and rejuvenate that emotional energy, we soon run out. We crash. Carve out a few minutes EACH DAY to catch up with friends, paint your nails, read, go for a jog, or even just meditate. That small moment can refill your emotional bucket and ready you for the evenings’ madness.
2. Journal. Take 15 minutes to think of the positives in your day or something you look forward too. Write. Practice gratitude. Being thankful truly is a natural stress-buster and antidepressant.
3. Splurge and get a massage. Not only will this ease sore muscles and release stress toxins from your body, but you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for life!
1. Get creative. Creative renewal is such an important part of the creative process. Every mind goes stale after a while. You need to empty your cup. Do you paint? Start an outline or watercolor.
2. Enjoy the outdoors! Turn on the Discovery channel or tune into David Attenborough or repeats of the late Steve Irwin to get enthused about this wonderful world you inhabit. Better yet, get out into your garden or the local park. Go hiking. Get down on the grass and watch the ants. Follow a butterfly or gaze closely at a pretty flower.
3. Embrace your hobbies! Pleasures can bring a lift to your mood. Because hobbies generally incorporate pleasures into your life, maintaining hobbies can be good for your overall sense of joy in life. As well, gratifications can lead to a reduction in stress and a sense of well-being, and hobbies are usually experienced as gratifications. If you want more happiness and less stress experiences in your life, hobbies provide a direct route to gratifications that can lead to this.
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The three R’s are just as important as maintaining a good diet and exercise for our overall well-being, and quite necessary for our joy and health.
Wishing you all a rejuvenating weekend,