Rest is so important and often overlooked, we've reached out to Reflex Ambassador Nicola Jane Hobbs, Eating and Exercise Psychologist who specialises in psychoeducation for fitness pros to find out the types of rest she likes to participate in. She had this to say:
But it’s not only athletes that need rest days.
We all do!
Without balancing the stress in our lives with rest, we build something called ‘allostatic load’ – wear and tear on the body caused by elevated hormonal and neural responses to stress.
Rest is what allows our minds and bodies to recover from the stresses of daily life so we feel and perform our best.
But rest doesn’t just mean lying around doing nothing.
Rest is any activity that allows our stress responses to ‘switch off’, activates the
parasympathetic nervous system and shifts our body out of a state of fight-or-flight and into a state of rest and recovery.
Here are 10 types of rest to explore:
trust and taking a break from the news.
music and clean, tidy environments.
people you love and solitude.
To help you get enough rest, you might like to reflect on the below questions...
1. What types of rest practices do you make time for on a regular basis?
2. What are the warning signs you need to prioritise rest?
3. What are the barriers that can get in the way of getting enough rest?
4. What types of rest can you weave into your week?
5. What might be some of the boundaries you need to set so you can honour your need for rest