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Rest is a Non-Negotiable

No matter where you find yourself in your sobriety adventure, one universal truth remains: rest is a non-negotiable. Our bodies, minds, and spirits require rest to recover, rejuvenate, and reenergize.

In our fast paced culture, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the narrative of hustle and grind. But the simple fact remains, in order to produce, we must first rest.

Creating Space for Rest:

Creating space for rest in your life requires intentional effort. It involves acknowledging the importance of rest and prioritizing it amidst the demands of work, relationships, and other responsibilities.

Some Intentional ways to create space for rest are:

  1. Establishing a Sleep Routine: Cultivate healthy sleep habits by going to bed and waking up at consistent times. Create a calming pre-sleep routine to signal to your body that it's time to unwind.

  2. Mindful Breaks: Throughout the day, take short breaks to disconnect and recharge. This could be a brief walk, a few minutes of deep breathing, or engaging in activities that bring you joy. One of my regular circle attendants takes a 5 minute break every hour to decompress during the work day.

  3. Digital Detox: Set boundaries for screen time, especially before bedtime. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with sleep patterns, hindering your ability to get quality rest.

  4. Prioritize Self-Care: Dedicate time to activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This might include hobbies, meditation, or spending time in nature. Taking care of yourself is an integral part of maintaining wellbeing and, in turn, your sobriety.

Prompts for reflection:

Am I getting enough rest?

Am I working with or against my body's natural rhythms?

Where in my schedule is there room for even 5 minutes of additional rest?

What are my favorite rest oriented activities?

How would my life change if I was well rested?

What would integrating more space for rest require of me?

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