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Daily Therapy Tip 6

Happy Monday.  Welcome back.  For those of you who are watching daily, you may have noticed that there was no posting yesterday.  You will see this each week as I take Sunday’s off from work to participate in worship services, rest, and spend time with my family.  These daily “rest” days from the working world and focusing on spiritual matters and family connections are one of the most integral healing parts of my life.  While this is not today’s therapy tip, I highly recommend taking at least one day a week for yourself and participating in these types of activities.  Turn off the electronics, spend some quality time in prayer and meditation, rest your body, and love your family and friends.

Nelia ShavasanaDaily Therapy Tip 6: Rest

This Daily Therapy Tip 6 is all about resting.  Resting is an important ingredient for any of us who struggle with chronic illnesses (seen and unseen) and for those who go full blast every day.  The idea is as old as time, but still immensely important in our day.  Choosing to rest during parts of your day will help you continue with your day with a renewed sense of vigor.  Rest takes many forms: meditation (seated or lying – depending upon your physical capabilities), napping (not too long), stopping from your activity (work or play), and just sitting for a few minutes, restorative yoga practices, or yoga nidra.  Last week in our daily tips we explored getting outside, taking short breathing breaks, but rest is a bit more than those short moments, rest is actively taking time away from what you are doing to renew.  This is where the “listening” to your body is key.  One of the best tips I ever received was from a nurse who gave me Vitamin B12 shots for several years when I was first diagnosed with chronic fatigue.  She simply said, “push an hour, rest an hour”.  Over the years I have expanded that a bit – push a day, rest a day; push a week, rest a week.  Somedays, I can only push for half an hour and then have to rest for half an hour.  Sometimes it’s just ten minutes.  I find speaking on the phone or answering difficult emails often leaves me quite fatigued.  Simply taking the same amount of time to rest that I spent on the task usually renews me enough to continue on to the next task.  Don’t ever apologize for resting.  Your body, mind, and spirit need it!

Heat & Healing,

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