They say, “learn to rest, not quit”, but the reality is, when we don’t learn to rest, we put ourselves in a position where our body, mind, or spirit must quit. This doesn’t mean we are weak, lazy, or negligent, it is a form of self-preservation and protection! Whether we are dealing with chronic stress, chronic pain, or the “chronic” nature of life’s daily challenges, rest is a vital part of being productive, healthy, and happy. Easier said than done, we know. So we've put together an easy guide for how to have a reset day!
Signs You Need A Reset Day
We should check in with ourselves regularly, reorganize our priorities based on our present needs, and always keep self-care at the top of the list. However, there are times when we need more than daily maintenance. At those times, we should take a day, or two, to hit the pause button on life, resetting our energy, focus, and intentions.
Reset days are an opportunity to better support your changing needs, ease stress, manage pain, and enrich your life, not just during that day but for days to come. The following are a few helpful hints that you are due for a day to yourself, but remember, you don’t have to wait for these signs to schedule some “me time.”
- Lacking Fulfillment
- Feeling Isolated
- Chronic Sadness
- Low Self-Worth
- Inability to Focus
- Distracted by Negative Ruminations
- Pessimistic or Cynical Outlook
- Difficulty Making Decisions
- Changes in Appetite
- Feeling Drained
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Worsening Pain or Illness
- Abandoning Responsibilities
- Canceling Plans
- Disordered Spaces
- Loss of Productivity
Planning the Perfect Reset Day
There are no rules about reset days, and that is the point! You want to give yourself a healthy balance of freedom and focus. Give yourself the freedom to perform intuitive acts of self-care that feel right throughout the day while also planning activities that focus on your current needs and nurture your progression. If you need some guidance, you can ask yourself questions such as:
- If a good friend felt like I do, what would I do for them?
- How can I better prepare for tomorrow or the coming week?
- In what areas do I feel most unsupported, powerless, or disordered?
- What activities would bring me the greatest happiness? Relaxation? Healing?
- How can I invite more passion, creativity, or play into my life?
Once you have explored what areas need the most attention and which pursuits will bring the most fulfillment, you can use the following suggestions as inspiration for making the most of your well-deserved reset day!
Recharge Your Body
Nap – Be intentional when catching up on your Z’s, no falling asleep in front of the tv. Mute your phone, unplug electronics, diffuse some essential oils (avoid open flames), and place some chevron amethyst under the pillow for sweet dreams.
Take Initiative - While avoiding acts that cause you to stress, you may want to schedule appointments with your care team, update your health diary or symptom journal, or plan your meals for the following week.
Realign Your Heart
Journal – You can pour your heart onto the page or write in your gratitude journal for an extra pick me up. Try to include a few words about how grateful you are for being exactly as you are!
Reach Out – Life gets busy, and when it does, our relationships are often the first to suffer, leaving us feeling isolated. Reaching out to friends or family is a gratifying and comforting experience for both of you.
Refocus Your Mind
Meditate – Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to quiet the mind’s endless chatter and foster more positive thoughts through affirmations and inspiring or pleasurable visualizations. Your imagination can bring you anywhere you dream of going.
Schedule – By organizing your agenda, you can set realistic expectations about what you can accomplish in a week, day, or hour, helping ease worry and stress. Remember to set aside time for rest, self-care, and play.
Reignite Your Spirit
Energy Flow – We can all benefit from some gentle movement. Easy stretching, yoga, tai chi, or a leisurely stroll not only gets the knots out it also promotes energy flow throughout the aura, aligning chakras, boosting mood and spiritual vitality.
Play – You can get down on the floor with your furry friend or the little ones in your life, get dirty in the garden or the kitchen, or have some fun in the local pottery shop or your own craft room. Whatever you do, have fun!
Refresh Your Life
Tidy Up – A light decluttering can give you a sense of accomplishment and uplift the energy of your space. You can beautify as you go, making small changes for variety - move a lamp, not a couch! - display crystals like golden healer quartz for positivity, or add greenery like potted lavender for peace.
Set Intentions – Planning ahead doesn’t have to be stressful or tedious. Get out the markers, washi tape, sticker, journal, or poster board to start a manifestation journal or a vision board. Don’t be hesitant to dream big; if you can dream it, you can be it!
When we don't take the time to rest, we put ourselves in a position where our body, mind, or spirit forces us to rest.
Whether you're dealing with chronic pain, stress, or life's daily challenges, taking time to reset is a vital part of being productive, healthy, and happy! And taking that time to rest doesn't mean you are weak, lazy, or negligent.
Give yourself the freedom to perform these tips and acts of self-care and make the most out of your well-deserved reset day!
"Healing is more about accepting the pain and finding a way to peacefully co-exist with it. In the sea of life, pain is a tide that will ebb and weave, continually. We need to learn how to let it wash over us, without drowning in it. Our life doesn’t have to end where the pain begins, but rather, it is where we start to mend." ―Jaeda DeWalt
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