It takes a lot of effort to be successful in life. And, of course, you can’t hope to deliver your best if you’re constantly tired and forever feeling like you need to take a long vacation to get yourself back to a restful state.
Rather than waiting until you’re close to burnout, it’ll be best to take proactive steps to ensure that your body and mind always feel well-rested. This won’t just have an impact on your ability to reach your goals and improve your life, but it’ll also just make you happier — after all, we all know how frustrating it can be to battle through a day when you’re tired. Indeed, in many ways, being well-rested can be a game-changer when it comes to your overall experience of life.
In this blog, we’ll look at some handy tips for keeping your body and mind well-rested and happy, always.
First of all, it’s important to prioritize rest. Most people try to squeeze in a few moments of rest when they get an opportunity to do so. However, it’s much more effective to actively make an effort to build it into your life, rather than just hoping that it happens naturally. After all, with all of us busier than ever before, those opportunities for rest are less likely to come our way if we don’t make a conscious effort. So look at treating rest just as importantly as you do your work, socializing, exercise, and so on.
Listen to Your Body
Your body will tell you when it’s tired and needs to rest. The question is, will you listen to your body? We all like to make plans with friends, but if your body is tired, then it may be better for you to stay in and just relax a little bit. It can be worthwhile learning how to say no to invitations, which is something that many people are pretty bad at. You don’t have to say yes to every invitation. If you’re feeling tired, then it’ll be more worthwhile to reject a plan with your friends and spend the evening curled up on the couch with a good book.
Turn Off Notifications
Smartphones have done wonders for the world. But they’re not perfect, and that’s especially true when it comes to relaxing. Your mind will find it difficult to wind down and rest if your phone is continually pinging notifications your way. Imagine how hard it would be to let your mind wander when your iPhone is beeping every couple of minutes. It’s impossible! The solution to this is to turn off notifications and even consider putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode so that you only see notifications once you actively open your phone.
It’s a good idea to look at how you’re spending your time. If all your activities are stressful, then yep, it’ll be unlikely that you feel relaxed. There are some activities that are well-known for being relaxing. For example, there’s yoga, reading, meditation, and walking. If you can build one or more of these into your day, then you’ll find that your stress levels are lowered and that it’s easy for you to sink into relaxation. None of these activities requires all that much time, either, so look at adding them into your lifestyle and see what they can do for you.
Your bedroom won’t automatically help you to feel well-rested just because that’s where your bed is. Some bedrooms are subtly stressful and can impact the quality of your sleep. For instance, if your room is overly messy, then your mind will find it difficult to sink into relaxation, which will impact the quality of your sleep. The same can be said if there’s a lot of noise or light pouring into your bedroom. It’s a good idea to perform an assessment of your bedroom and then make any changes that’ll help you to feel more relaxed while you’re there.
Avoiding Waking Up With Pain
The goal is to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Alas, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, we wake up with body aches and pains that can compromise our ability to make it through the day. For instance, if you have neck pain when you wake up, then you probably have an issue with your mattress, pillows, or sleeping position. Changing them for better items and stretching in the morning can help to alleviate the problem. If you’re waking up with jaw pain, then look at getting a mouth guard for Bruxism — it’ll help to protect your mouth from the problems associated with teeth grinding. It’s much nicer to begin the morning pain-free!
Your body will likely be put under some stress when you’re working, even if you work with a computer. Many workers experience a whole host of body issues just because of their sitting position. As such, it’s worthwhile investing in your work setup to ensure that you’re not putting unnecessary stress on your body. Even just getting the right chair and sitting correctly can make a massive difference to how rested your body feels at the end of the day.
It’s also important to pay attention to the impact that your employment is having on your mental relaxation, too. If you’re feeling overworked or that you’re just always behind on your tasks, then be sure to speak to your bosses about your workload. Struggling at work can have a significant impact on our mental well-being, making it difficult — or perhaps even impossible — to really feel relaxed, even on our days off.
Invest In Your Wellbeing
Ultimately, the key to having a restful body and mind is to invest in your well-being. If you can make looking after yourself a priority and learn to give up the behaviors that may be compromising your ability to rest well, then you’ll be giving yourself a powerful gift that will have long-term benefits in your life.