In Defense of Rest
Don't Fight the Feelings
Last month I wrote a blog on going through the "Seasonal Limbo" between winter and spring in Minnesota. Well, I'm pleased to be writing to you now with my windows wide open. Spring has arrived. Flowers are blooming, COVID-19 vaccines are becoming widely available, and the extra UV light is doing wonders for my mental health. The Johnny Nash song "I Can See Clearly Now" is stuck in my head and I'm not complaining.
It's odd but I am feeling both invigorated by these changes and utterly fatigued. I feel like this dog (pictured above) napping in the park. I have a lot of emotions right now: Excited, exhausted, hopeful, worn-down. In the past year, we all worked so hard to adapt to new routines by finding new ways of meeting, encouraging and working with each other. We found out what we were made of as professionals and as people. Big changes happened in business, including a renewed focus on closing the racial equity gap, showing that we can do hard things and have uncomfortable conversations in the name of creating a more equal workplace. There's still work to be done.
As businesses and events begin to open up in the coming months — with more and more people get vaccinated against COVID — how we will come back together? We're going to have to adjust again to another new normal, with a chance to integrate what we've learned from this solitude and apply it to being together in-person again. But before we enter this next new world, this spring is a great opportunity to reset through rest.
In Defense of Rest
Like most species, we have to sleep to reset our bodies. I'm trying to forge a new routine this spring by getting eight hours of sleep, drinking more water, and disconnecting from social media and news for at least two hours per day. Everyone's rest and reset habits will be unique, but here are a few good ways to unwind this spring, as we prepare to come back together. I've found the best way to rest is in small, manageable chunks that don't interfere what what you need to get done, but still allow for necessary mental + physical space.
- Turn off your phone for an hour per day
- Take a 30 minute walk each day after work or on a break
- Move more — exercise, especially mindful practices like yoga are great mental rest activities!
- Set an alarm and give yourself 20 minutes to lie down to nap and/or do nothing
- Start journaling
- Take a Mental Health Day — Plan out a day of PTO (as approved by your supervisor)
If you’re dreaming of a new career or job in 2021, Creatis is always hiring value-oriented marketing professionals for a host of exciting positions.
Learn more and apply here: Work at Creatis