The art of deep rest: A guide to genuine rejuvenation

When was the last time you woke up feeling truly rested, ready to embrace the day with renewed energy? If you find yourself constantly tired despite spending your time in the pursuit of recuperating and replacing your energy stores, it might be time to delve into the realm of ‘deep rest.’

Let us explore how you can achieve deeper rejuvenation and break free from the cycle of fatigue.

Enjoy gentle exercise

Exercise is a powerful tool for promoting restful sleep and overall wellbeing. However, the key here is ‘gentle.’ Engage in activities like yoga, tai chi, meditation or take a leisurely stroll in nature. These exercises can contribute to physical relaxation but also help calm the mind, paving the way for a more profound state of rest.

Take part in a digital detox

Studies show that there are links between smartphone usage and an increase in anxiety, depression and poor sleep hygiene, amongst other issues. In our hyper-connected world, it is easy to fall into the trap of constant screen time, even during our supposed downtime. 

To achieve deep rest, consider switching off your phone and having a digital detox. Short phone-free periods can be helpful, such as avoiding the use of your phone until you are at your desk, or for at least the first hour after waking. 

A digital detox can also help your sleep patterns. Switching off your devices at least an hour before bedtime not only helps improve the quality of your sleep but also allows your mind to disengage from the constant stimuli of the digital world.

Take time for rejuvenating treatments

Pamper yourself with rejuvenating treatments that go beyond surface relaxation. Consider activities like deep relaxation massages, hydrating or soothing facials, or meditation sessions. Ask your practitioner to use essential oils that help create a sense of calm and tranquillity. 

These treatments not only soothe the body but also foster a deep sense of calm and inner peace. Choose modalities that resonate with you and your needs, allowing the experience to be both restorative and enjoyable.

Start a hobby

When was the last time you indulged your mind, body, and your time with a hobby? 

Whiling away hours at a practice that you enjoy is a must when it comes to relaxing your body and mind. Finding time to enjoy a task – just for the sake of it – can help to reduce stress levels, enhance your feeling of wellbeing, improve social connections, and may help you cope with anxiety or feelings of depression. 

Researchers at the University of Wollongong studied 8,000 crocheters and found that 89.5% reported feeling calmer and 82% said they felt happier after taking up the practice. 

Even if crochet isn’t your thing, take some time to discover a hobby that brings you joy. It doesn’t matter whether you are any good – what matters is the happiness it brings to you. 

Reset the vagus nerve

The vagus nerve plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s stress response and promoting relaxation. Practices such as deep belly breathing, meditation, and gentle humming can stimulate the vagus nerve, promoting a state of deep rest. Incorporate these practices into your daily routine to cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation.

Learn to say ‘no’

Embrace the power of ‘no’ to create space for genuine rest and rejuvenation. By saying ‘no’ to others, you will be saying ‘yes’ to yourself. Take stock of your commitments and prioritise activities that align with your wellbeing and allow you time to rejuvenate and recuperate. 

Overcommitting can lead to chronic stress and fatigue, and negative emotions such as resentment and bitterness. These emotions are not only unhealthy, but can be exhausting, depleting your already low levels of energy. 

Remember, deep rest is not just about physical repose; it is a holistic rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit. By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can cultivate a profound sense of wellbeing and wake up each day truly refreshed, ready to embrace life with vitality and joy.

At Eden Health Retreat, we recognise the importance of deep rest as a cornerstone of wellbeing. Our tranquil surroundings and tailored programs provide the ideal environment for you to unwind, reset, and rediscover the essence of true relaxation.