January 18, 2021 by Dymphna

T-Bomb: How to rest properly

Truth Bomb Tuesday: You deserve some quality, gold-label rest.

I’m going to tell you how to rest properly.

I know Christmas is over and the holidays are done, but there’s still a chance here to get some proper rest and relaxation.

The end of the year can be funny. It’s like we’re looking forward to it three or four months out, counting down the days, looking forward to taking a break and recharging the batteries.

But then the Christmas holidays come and there’s a lunch to organise, and kids to wrangle and in-laws to visit.

We actually start looking forward to going back to work!

But there’s a window here in these first couple of weeks, before things fully ramp up again, where we can get snatch of proper down-time.

So let me tell you how to rest properly, because at the risk of tooting my own horn, I’m a bit of an expert at rest.

That might surprise a lot of people. I’m generally known as a bit of a work-horse. I didn’t get where I am today by sitting around on my tail-feathers.

But it’s true. I love rest. In fact, I’d say I’m a bit of a “connoisseur” of rest.

And I say that because there are actually two-types of rest. There’s a nourishing, fine-dining form of rest… the rest that I get into.

And there’s a cheap, packet-of-cheezles kind of rest.

The cheap kind is just that. It’s cheap. It’s easy to come by. It’s sitting-on-the-couch-because-you-just-can’t-be-bothered-doing-anything kind of rest.

The other kind of rest, the fine-dining form of rest – that is not easy to come by. It has to be earnt.

It’s the kind of rest that comes after you’ve smashed out a renovation in record time and it looks amazing.

It’s the kind of rest that comes after you’ve pulled three all-nighters in row to pull this deal together, but now you’re going to make a million bucks each.

It’s the kind of rest that comes after you’ve climbed to the top of whatever your mountain is, and the view is just incredible.

It’s that kind of rest. And there’s nothing sweeter.

Now, I don’t know how many of you have done yoga. Obviously I’m a big yoga-head. You can tell from my devastating calves.

But there’s a position that comes at the end of every class. Shivasana. Dead-man’s pose. Resting pose.

They say it’s the most important pose of all because this is where all your hard work has a chance to integrate and become embodied.

And I swear, some days I feel like that resting pose is the only reason I do yoga.

Because I love rest – nourishing, well-deserved rest.

So be a connoisseur of rest.

Take the time, while it’s still fresh in your mind, to reflect on 2020 and everything you achieved.

(And even if you did nothing more than survive 2020, that’s an achievement!)

Before we ramp up in to another year, gives yourself a top-shelf bottle of rest.

You deserve it.