This, the darkest time of the year, is usually marked by a frenzy of activity. There are an abundance of parties and social gatherings, as well as pressures of buying and giving gifts, baking treats for friends and family, and preparing elaborate meals. These activities can be beautiful and fulfilling, but I think this is the exception rather than the rule. The holiday season causes a tremendous amount of stress for a lot of people. We know that stress is not good for us. So this year, I propose that we remember the power of rest and restoration, and balance this with our holiday celebrations.
Resting is a way to take time in your life to do something that you enjoy doing.
Getting outdoors, meditation, and engaging in play are essential to both your mental and physical well-being. Leisure activities not only replenish your energy, they also actually improve cognitive function and increase your productivity when you are working.
Resting engages your parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” network.
Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system decreases your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, and releases calming neurotransmitters and hormones into your body. This allows us to let go of stress.
We really benefit so greatly from resting, that we really should be incorporating it into your daily life.
This holiday season, try to at least take a few days to focus on rest. I promise you will feel better, be more productive, and enjoy your holidays.
Depending on who you are, you might enjoy active rest or you may enjoy more passive rest. You can certainly combine the two or do what feels right for you!
Active resting ideas:
- Ice skating
- Dog sledding
Passive resting ideas:
- Reading a book
- Listening to music
- Having a conversation with family or friends
- Do a puzzle
- Color or paint
We have some great passive relaxation items in the pharmacy. Come on in and check them out. They would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one.
Take the time for yourself this holiday season. Slow down, breathe, rest. Make the holidays less hectic and more meaningful by honoring yourself with much needed rest.
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