Throughout our lives, rest has been important, but now that we’re older, it’s more essential to our health than ever. We must get the rest necessary to keep us going for the long haul. Rest is any period of inactivity during which our bodies can restore expended nerve energy. Any time we’re under excessive stress, we build up cellular waste faster than our body can eliminate it and we’re depleting our energies faster than our bodies can restore it. To stay healthy, in our fifties and beyond, we have to give ourselves permission and time to rest. • There are 4 kinds of rest & each is essential. • 1) Physiological Rest or Sleep is when our bodies are primarily inactive, and we’re able to catch up on building nervous energy for future expenditures. 2) Sensory rest would be meditation, and also sleep. During sensory rest, the nervous system and brain are relaxed or not normally exerted. Closing our eyes is sensory rest. It saves a great deal of energy & removes about 80% of energy draining distractions. 3) Emotional rest comes from withdrawing from real or perceived stressors that drain our emotions. If we want to be healthy, we each need to give ourselves permission to remove ourselves from situations or others when our emotions are raising to unhealthy, stressful levels. 4) Mental rest happens when we allow ourselves to leave the office behind; accept that tomorrow is another day; and, accept the fact that we can handle life one step at a time. • Rest in each of these forms is essential for maintaining peak health. It is also during rest that our minds can dream & create new possibilities, as well as when our bodies can reap peace and experience recuperation.• We’re all busy. Many of us are living extremely full lives caring not just for ourselves, but others as well. However, life is a balance between rest and movement. If we want long lives, we’ll need to figure out how to strike that balance.
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