Mindful Rest is the last part of our Mindful Body series. Learning to find time for rest is a very important part of having a Mindful Body. Mindful Rest is finding a way to rest that nourishes your body and mind so that you can continue to support your practices of Mindful Eating and Mindful Movement. Without rest, it is harder for us to make healthy choices, and we can make decisions that aren’t the best for the Mindful Bodies we are practicing to have.
You can think about Mindful Rest in the same way you think about getting a good night’s sleep. We need sleep to feel ready for our day, and to do all the things we want to do. Well, we also need rest to re-charge after we do lots of those things we want to do, so that they can turn all of our activities into positive energy for our Mindful Bodies. Mindful Rest is as simple as taking a few moments to yourself each day, or as many days of the week as you can, to let all of the benefits of your healthy choices turn into awesome positive energy to grow your Mindful Body.
You might want to try out the following Mindful Rest practices in your Rest Nest (or make a Rest Nest if you don’t have one yet), or you can practice Mindful Rest anywhere that feels cozy to you.
Once you’ve found your rest space, you can practice any of the Mindful Rest activities we’ve already learned, like Restorative Rest Time, Belly Breathing, or Setting an Intention, or you can make up your own. Mindful Rest can be as simple as lying down and listening to relaxing music, drawing, or reading.
Feel free to share your ideas with teachers, parents or friends!
Student Tips: You might choose to journal about your rest time, or maybe schedule in rest time as much as every day. You might even teach your parents or siblings some rest techniques! Perhaps you could even suggest a family rest time.
Teacher Tip: You might consider creating a rest time in the day so that students have a safe and structured space to rest at school. You can also mix up the location, checking out different peaceful places at school. Rest is a great after recess idea, and a great idea at the beginning or end of the week to help get everyone on the same page.