If you are like me, slowing down can leave you feeling restless and unproductive. Even though we know that we need to take time to rest, we tend to feel a bit guilty about it. That’s one of the downsides of being on the go so much and living in a go-go-go society. Everyone wears their busyness and sleepless nights like a badge of honour. But just like the leaves of a tree wither and sheds during autumn in preparation for the tree’s winter slump, we also need moments of rest. Our bodies require sleep and rest for a reason. However, I understand the struggle of resting and taking time for complete relaxation. So in today’s post, I will be sharing 7 productive but restful activities you can engage in to get the most of both world’s.
What is Productive Rest?
Productive rest is when you feel refreshed and revitalized after performing a non-work-related activity. It recharges your brain batteries and allows you to refocus on your tasks.
Compare this with unproductive rest, where after performing a non-work-related activity, you feel as if you had never rested in the first place. Still as groggy, inattentive, and fatigued as before.https://sorexis.com/productive-rest/
7 Restful Productivity Activities
Reading Non-Fiction Books
Reading is a great leisure activity that requires minimal effort. It is enjoyable and can transport you into another world. Non-fiction books are wonderful reading material because they offer you tips and lessons that you can apply to your life. Bonus if you find ones with a creative spin that makes you feel like you’re reading a fictional story.
Taking a Leisurely Walk or Stroll
Walking, especially in nature, can be a rejuvenating experience. You can enjoy the scenery or get to know your neighbourhood. Make it a slow pace, nothing too fast that you tire yourself out. The point of a stroll is to move your body while taking in your surrounding. Make it even more fun by walking with a companion.
Drawing or Painting
If you are the artistic type, you can have a fun time getting into some art. It’s enjoyable to express yourself through art and it’s an activity you can do on your own. So bring out your creative side and have a chill evening painting and sipping a glass of red wine.
I enjoy cleaning. It’s a very relaxing experience for me. Cleaning and decluttering my space always helps to free my mind and destress. On Saturdays, I’ve been trying to implement a system of working 2 hours and then resting for 1 hour. I write or create Instagram content in 2-hour spurts and then do a house chore in the next hour. Something about the repetition and mindlessness of cleaning is relaxing.
I know as bloggers, we might not think of writing as a relaxing activity, especially when we having writing deadlines. However, writing can be quite a relaxing activity when the focus is simply on the pleasure of releasing thoughts from your head. I find journaling to be a therapeutic activity that can help you find clarity and ease your mind. Creative writing is another great avenue. It allows you to explore your creative side and use your imagination.
Watching A Documentary
If you prefer visual stimulation, watching a documentary on a topic of interest is a great way to relax and learn something new. I know a lot of persons in the personal development industry sort of bash on TV watching but, it can be useful. Documentaries are a nice comprise between spending time in front of the screen and doing something productive. No effort is required. You can sit back with a bowl of popcorn and your favourite juice and take in some educational entertainment.
We all know how important sleep is for the optimal functioning of our bodies. Yet, a lot of us neglect to get the required amount of sleep for many reasons. As a result, most of us are sleep deprived and groggy by midday. Napping is a productive yet restful activity because it allows your body to recharge so you can power through the rest of your day. But you have to find the sweet spot as long naps can make you feel more tired. When napping during the day, aim for about 10 to 20 minutes, nothing less or more. Even if you don’t doze off, simply laying in bed without thinking about work-related events can help.
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