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Rest & Play: 5 Ways to Prioritize Your Well-Being

I want to talk about something that is often overlooked in our fast-paced, productivity-obsessed society: rest and play. We all know the feeling of constantly being on the go, trying to juggle work, school, relationships, and everything in between. But have you ever stopped to think about the toll this takes on our mental and physical health? That’s where slowing down and making time for rest and play comes in.

Here are five actionable ways to incorporate more rest and play into our busy lives:

  1. Schedule it in:

Just as we schedule meetings, appointments, and deadlines, it’s essential to carve out dedicated time for rest and play. Whether it’s setting aside an hour each day to engage in activities that bring us joy or taking a well-deserved day off from work periodically, scheduling time for rest and play ensures that we prioritize our well-being amidst our other commitments. By making self-care a non-negotiable part of our schedule, we can cultivate a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

  1. Disconnect from technology:

Our smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices have become constant companions in our daily lives, often serving as sources of distraction and overstimulation. To truly unwind and recharge, it’s crucial to disconnect from technology and create tech-free zones in our homes and daily routines. Whether it’s during meals, before bedtime, or during designated periods throughout the day, unplugging from screens allows us to quiet our minds, reduce stress, and reconnect with ourselves and our surroundings.

  1. Get outside:

Nature has a remarkable ability to soothe the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. Spending time outdoors offers a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing us to slow down, breathe deeply, and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Whether it’s going for a leisurely walk in the park, embarking on a scenic hike, or simply sitting beneath a tree and listening to the sounds of nature, immersing ourselves in the great outdoors can have profound benefits for our mental and emotional well-being.

  1. Practice mindfulness:

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the endless stream of thoughts and distractions that bombard our minds. However, by incorporating mindfulness practices into our daily routine, we can learn to slow down, cultivate presence, and find moments of peace amidst the chaos. Whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply taking a few moments to pause and observe our surroundings, mindfulness allows us to anchor ourselves in the present moment, reducing stress and promoting inner calm.

  1. Learn to say no:

In a culture that glorifies busyness and productivity, it can be challenging to set boundaries and prioritize our own well-being. However, learning to say no to commitments and obligations that don’t align with our values or serve our highest good is essential for maintaining balance and preventing burnout. By being selective with our time and energy, we can create space for rest, relaxation, and meaningful activities that nourish our souls and bring us joy.

In conclusion, prioritizing rest and play is not a luxury; it’s a fundamental aspect of self-care and well-being. By scheduling time for rest and play, disconnecting from technology, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, and learning to say no, we can cultivate a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that nurtures our mind, body, and spirit. So let’s challenge the societal norm of constant busyness and give ourselves permission to take a break, recharge, and embrace the fullness of life.

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Hi love, Iā€™m Silvia!

Iā€™m a specialist in starting over.Ā 

Trauma revealed truths that took me to some faraway places for healing and wisdom. In Bali, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Laos, Hawaii and Malaysia, I soaked it up, took bold actions, and expanded what was possible for me.

Through all of this I learned something profound;Ā the power of resiliency can be taught and even making a 5% change can change the future dramatically.

Now I teach women like you to access the power within you to change your life, celebrate your genius and start over to create any life you dare to dream.