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REST

Last updated: December 2021

Rest is key to healing.

It took me a long time to realize this and take rest more seriously. Recently I have been taking my rest time more seriously due to the downtime I have been having. I start a new job in a few weeks and I am taking all this time for myself, which I've been using to my advantage and sleeping in as much as possible.

Too little or too much sleep?

I am the type of person who likes their sleep. If I could, I would sleep eight to nine hours every day. If only it were possible in a perfect world. I am not much of a morning person. When I am sleep-deprived, it becomes very obvious because I get cranky.

Also, when I am with less sleep, I feel less organized and all over the place. When I sleep in, I feel more energized to start the day and more active.

An ever-changing schedule

My sleep schedule tends to be everywhere because I sleep at a different time every day. Currently, I am a college graduate student who also works. My sleep time is all over the place due to school.

Saying no to plans

An important note to take when prioritizing your rest is being able to say NO. It is important because people are going to ask to hang out. You have to put time aside for yourself and your sanity.

Rest is unwinding the mind

When I think of resting, it is not only going to sleep. Rather, resting, to me, is just sitting down in silence and letting your mind unwind. It is completely okay to cancel plans. You can always reschedule them and make things work out. If you explain the importance of rest and healing to your loved ones, they will be more likely to understand you.

Taking time when a new flare pops up

When I start to flare up or something new pops up in my skin, I tell myself it's time to REST. Our bodies always give us signs about what we need to do to heal. Yet, sometimes we ignore all these signs until we become too sick.

Rest is napping

Another rest method I try to take is a nap. I find that I feel so much better by lying down for fifteen minutes in my day. I would have an hour's lunch working from home in my past job. I would always set aside a few minutes just to unwind and relax. It would help me a lot in the second part of my shift to be re-centered again.

Self-care and eczema

Remember to take time for your self-care. Self-care is so important nowadays. We live in a world where everything is so fast-paced. Even for myself, I have a hard time prioritizing time for my self-care. That is why I am trying this new method of giving myself at least fifteen minutes every day for self-care and rest.

I remind myself that if I want my body to heal, I must REST.

Are you going to take time for yourself next time? What kind of rest do you take from everyday life?

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