Rest remains one of the most underestimated activities for personal wellbeing, despite its proven ability to enhance productivity.
According to Dr Sarah Eyaa, Head of the School of Business, rest should involve taking a step back from our usual activities to reflect and review. It entails giving the mind and body the time to rejuvenate, ensuring overall wellbeing. During periods of rest, it’s advisable to break away from routine and engage in activities that bring joy and refreshment. Rest doesn’t necessarily mean halting all activities; it can involve engaging in pursuits that bring calmness or contribute to personal growth. Engaging in prayer and dedicating time to dive into the teachings of God contributes to self-care by reinforcing the understanding that the intricacies of our lives hold significance to a higher power. Exercise serves as a break from routine, enhancing both physical and mental health. Reading books or watching documentaries offer similar benefits by providing relaxation and opportunities for learning and gaining new perspectives. Different individuals find rejuvenation in various activities, such as indulging in spa treatments, taking scenic drives, catching up with loved ones, going on holiday, or dancing. Since different activities resonate with different people, individuals should discover what works best for them. Engaging in preferred relaxation activities can subsequently contribute to an overall enhancement of wellbeing.
As we enter the new year, prioritising your wellbeing is essential. Dr Dion Khlentzos, Head of the School of Counselling, emphasises the significance of initially identifying sources of undue stress. Evaluate the extent of control you have over those situations and make small changes where feasible. Consider incorporating these strategies into your daily and weekly routines. Sarah also provides valuable insights. Firstly, she advises to choose battles wisely, reviewing incoming challenges to discern their importance and directing energy toward what truly matters. Secondly, conduct a review of activities from last year that did not contribute to your wellbeing and eliminate them from your ongoing to-do list. Thirdly, embrace gratitude – acknowledging that although things may not always be perfect, there are daily blessings. This shift in focus towards the positive aspects of life lightens the challenges we face.
Lastly, recognise that taking rest is not only acceptable but also beneficial. It’s perfectly okay to slow down during certain seasons to refocus, ultimately contributing to improved wellbeing.