Whether you work from home or in the office, the daily grind can become overwhelming. You’re expected to manage your personal life, support your employer’s vision, and consume a nearly endless stream of media just to stay current.
TechHouse agrees with Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith for TED Ideas: every person needs seven types of rest for seven different facets of their life.
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. Though the hours of sleep needed can vary from person to person, most people can improve their sleep quality by engaging in calming physical activities like yoga and stretching. These activities help boost blood flow and release endorphins, putting the body in a healthier state to rest more easily.
The mind processes mounds of information. Masses of thoughts and ideas become a hazard when they block focus and relaxation. When thoughts race to the point that it is challenging to sit still or take on mentally strenuous tasks, it’s time for a break. Try a short walk, doodling, or writing out your thoughts. Redirecting bouncing ideas can help prevent burnout.
Increased screen time means increased exposure to bright, blue light and other distractions. It can become overwhelming when we constantly engage with computer screens and experience noise stimulation—whether it be conversation, construction, or crying children. Escape overstimulation by disconnecting. Close your eyes for short periods throughout the day and take a break from your devices in the evening by cracking open a new book or a classic childhood game.
Switching to a creative task or practicing art can also help you reset. Fill your workspace with inspirational words and aesthetically pleasing images to stimulate your mind and brighten up dull spaces. Play with some clay or pick up some knitting. You’ll be surprised how quickly your mind recharges.
Not an artistic person? Try eating lunch outside. A change of scenery can reset your mind and help enhance your problem-solving skills. Schedule time outside and see how much easier it is to think clearly.
Being a yes-(wo)man isn’t always a good thing. Sure, it helps the one requesting help at that moment, but it can ultimately have a detrimental effect if your honest answer was no. Emotional rest means advocating for yourself and your needs. In addition to saying no when you need to, answer honestly when people ask how you’re doing. It’s a way to ensure your emotions are being cared for (which you deserve!).
Human connections make life more meaningful. Show up mentally to your meetings, both in-person and remote. Don’t be afraid to share a firm handshake and make eye contact, even in video calls for the latter. These actions help build relationships which in turn make it easier to engage at work. When the workday is done, enjoy face-to-face interactions with people who have your best interest at heart—it’ll make a world of difference.
Prayer, meditation, and community service can illuminate the bigger picture and our place within it, allowing reconnection on a larger scale. This inner and outer awareness reminds us that we are each intricate threads woven into a grand design.
The human experience is multi-faceted—seen and unseen with the naked eye—and we need to recover in all areas. Since rest doesn’t always mean sleep, the TechHouse team hopes that these tips will help you restore and recharge in 7 key areas of your life.