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The Power of Rest in Creating Optimal Health & Wellness

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The Power of Rest in Creating Optimal Health & Wellness

Rest is one of the most important factors for creating wellness.

Restorative activities can include mental, physical, and/or emotional activities that help to promote resilience.  If you are under chronic stress, restful activities can break the cycle of stress and assist you on the path to health.  By getting unstuck from bad habits you can learn how to be healthier, happier, and more connected.  If you focus on the process of restoration, rather than current complaints or states, it allows you to take charge of your own health and wellness.

Some Restorative Activities are

  • Meditation
  • Gratitude Journaling
  • Deep breathing/breathing techniques

Activities that are assisted by Restoration Therapies

  • Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
  • Cancer
  • Asthma

Many people turn to television, alcohol, or other semi-harmful activities to counteract stress.  Restoration activities like the ones provided above are time-honored, science-backed ways to make a difference internally.  They do have calming effects not only on the state of mind but also helps to balance hormonal and immune function.  All in all, don’t let stress take over.  Pick a restoration activity and see if it works for you whether that’s finding something to be happy about every day or trying a new yoga class.  Balance your emotions and your health and wellness will follow.

Content Sourced from the Institute of Functional Medicine

Stephen Fogg

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