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You need more than one type of rest

We're aware of the importance of sleep and how crucial it is to a healthy body. When we aren't sleeping enough, we see various symptoms alerting us that something needs to change. When we think about rest, though, we can often just think of it as another word for sleep. Rest for the body is one aspect of rest, and there are several different types of rest we can be focusing on adding to our lives regularly. Here are five different types of rest you can prioritize for a balanced approach to wellness: Time to sleep.

This is the first thing that comes to mind when we say we need rest. A good night's sleep is the backbone of a healthy body and aiming for seven to eight hours of sleep each night will be transformational for your health. If you struggle with this, setting a bedtime and creating a nourishing bedtime routine will help get you into a rhythm you enjoy. Time to fly solo.

In a world where we have families, work closely with others, and are often involved in our community, sometimes uninterrupted quiet time is the answer. It doesn't matter whether you're an introvert. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy some silence and their own company. It can look like a night in with a good book or a dinner date for one.

Time in nature.

There is just something about being outdoors that is so grounding. It can be as simple as walking barefoot through the grass or as intense as hiking a mountain. Spending more time in nature has a way of reminding us of our place in the universe. So grab a friend, or don't, and get some sun on your face.

Time with your people.

Community is an essential part of a healthy life. If you're feeling disconnected, brainstorm how to prioritize creating new relationships and nurturing the ones you already have. I like to add this to my weekly schedule, so it doesn't get put on the backburner. It can be as simple as a quick check-in, lunch date, or a walk after work with a friend. You don't have to be an extrovert to feel recharged by sharing an authentic conversation with the people you love.

Time away.

This can look different for everyone. For some, it can be a weekend stay in a hotel. You may just need a change of scenery and a good old-fashioned night out. For others, it could take an entire week to rejuvenate you. And still, some may need an extended break from the weight of the world. It's okay to step back from commitments or responsibilities while caring for yourself for a season. Honestly, you may be feeling so depleted that you need to make time for all five types of rest -- and that's okay. Taking time out to recharge is never selfish or frivolous. Each person is different and worthy of the rest they need to operate well.

About Me!

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the only school in the world that integrates over 100 of the latest nutrition theories with coaching and business skills. I will help you shift your behavior to develop lifelong healthy habits and a deep understanding of your bio-individual needs. We'll work together to create lasting changes to your health, energy, and well-being. I am available for presentations to your groups, associations and clubs.

To Your Health,

Teri Sewell

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

IG - @terishealthyways

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