Something I didn’t know is that my journey back closely maps to the seven types of rest, a concept by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. Thanks to my coach, Iyo, for sharing this concept with me recently.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of rest…
Physical - Combat symptoms of physical exhaustion like muscle pain and tension.
Mental - Rids your brain of the feeling that it has turned to mush.
Emotional - Needed when you have suppressed or avoided your true feelings.
Social - Helps you feel less socially exhausted.
Sensory - Reduces the feelings of sensory overwhelm caused by too many sights, smells, and sounds.
Creative - Gets you through creative blocks and refuels your energy to prevent burnout.
Spiritual - Builds the feeling that you belong and your life has meaning.
I was feeling physically, mentally, emotionally, sensorily, creatively, and spiritually exhausted. Here’s how I handled it.