The better you get at resting, the more energy and creativity you bring to your work.
Proper rest is not just a passive rest. Real rest that leaves you energized and inspired involves three essential elements:
If you have ever gotten in bed but your mind race with all the unfinished tasks, to-dos, and scenarios you replay in your mind, then you will know the importance of relaxing your mind.
To relax your mind, close any open loops and follow a 'shut down' routine.
A master list can help you relax your mind. A master list is a document where you write down every task, email, to-do, and idea. For each item, write down a concrete next step, set a deadline, and categorise them as either working on now, waiting for someone else, or another time.
To truly relax your mind:
Use deep breathing exercises to relax your body:
This popular technique systematically relaxes your muscle groups one at a time.
Eye strain is a common symptom of too much time on a screen. It can lead to headaches, tense shoulders and back, and potentially blurred vision.
A simple exercise to help with eye-strain: After every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Meditation practices can help you relax and focus your energy on your body and breath.
A walk outside can calm your mind and body and help you further into a state of relaxation.