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7 Types of Rest to Help You Stay More Focused at Work

Despite there being a little light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19, many people are still feeling tired, stressed, and anxious – especially if you’re someone who’s still working from home since the start of the pandemic.

Working from home has its advantages, but it has its cons too.

- Being stuck at home all-day

- Some are finding they are working longer hours

- Zoom fatigue

- And more…

Setting healthy work-home life boundaries, getting lots of fresh air, trying to get an adequate amount of sleep are all great ways to help combat some of the struggles above. But have you considered incorporating the seven types of rest?

In this article, we’ll go over seven types of rest and how you can practice each kind throughout the day, helping both employers and employees feel more focused.

1. Physical Rest

There are two types of physical rest: passive or active. Passive rest is doing things like taking a nap or a good night’s sleep. Active rest is incorporating activities like yoga and mindfulness throughout your day.

2. Mental Rest

Actively taking the time to unplug from work can majorly make a difference in your focus. Try doing things like:

- Taking 20-minute breaks every 2 hours during the day at work

- Find some time to move your body during the day

- Limit checking emails outside of working hours

3. Sensory Rest

Yes, you can’t turn off the senses around you, but you can limit them to help maintain your concentration throughout the day. You can do this by reducing the brightness on your phone or putting it on silent when you aren’t working.

4. Creative Rest

If you’re stuck coming up with an idea for a work-related project or task, take a step back and take a creative break instead. You can listen to some music, take a walk outside and enjoy your surroundings, or read a few pages out of a book to help get those creative juices flowing.

5. Emotional Rest

This type of rest is about becoming more aware of yourself and being able to explore the challenging aspects of yourself and how you can do better. For example, everyone makes mistakes at works – it’s very natural to do so – but it’s how you react after you make a mistake that makes the difference. Do you worry about it for days? Do you feel guilty? Or do you reflect on how you avoid making the same mistake in the future?

6. Social Rest

This type of rest ties into the one above as well. It’s about being aware of the relationships/friendships around you that make you feel exhausted or unfilled. This doesn’t have to do directly with work, but it can have a major impact on your focus and concentration throughout the day if you don’t have positive and understanding people around you.

7. Spiritual Rest

If you believe in something higher, beyond your physical body and mind, then this type of rest can be about guiding you to seek things like acceptance, forgiveness, or a greater purpose. But this type of rest can also be achieved through other ways like helping someone in need, volunteering your time, or bringing awareness to something – helping you feel more energized throughout your daily life.


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