The meaning of meaningful rest

If you have been reading any of my recent posts, you will know that I have been in search of more rest recently. Meaningful rest, that is. After years of severely neglecting rest, it had become time for me to put it back into the spotlight. Prioritising meaningful rest has not come easily to me. I was so used to always doing something that I have had to figure out how to really implement this whole ‘nothing’ thing in an orderly way. January has been an incredibly restful month for example, whereas February saw me quickly slipping into old habits by filling up my diary to the brim. The beauty of having to figure out rest from scratch again means I have learnt a few things along the way. Things about what it means to rest and what makes rest meaningful to me. Let’s chat the meaning of meaningful rest.

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The problem of our concrete jungle (+ what you can do about it)

All living beings experience stress. Every time a being is threatened in its homeostasis, it has to adapt. And this adaptation process triggers a stress response. A single cell organism might only ‘experience’ this stress as a change in its pH-level. But due to our highly developed bodies and brains, humans experience stress in manifold ways – both physically and psychologically. Besides that, humans are one of the few living beings that are able to experience stress over hypothetical and frustrating situations, rather than dangerous situations.

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The quiet beauty of a digital sabbath

The average UK person spend almost 3.5 hours a day online, outside of working hours. I assume that many days I come close to that amount myself. Between blogging, catching up on shows and looking up trips and recipes, I can easily get lost in the digital world. And although I have become more and more mindful about what types of online platforms I use – I pretty much quit social media -, I definitely see the merit in connecting digitally and having access to the wealth of knowledge that is stored in the web.

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