A woman candidly shares the vital importance of rest in maintaining one's well-being, debunking the myth of a 'perfect' way to do it.
In the hustle of modern life, taking rest isn't a luxury; it's a necessity for well-being. Proper rest rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit, allowing for better productivity and mental clarity. It can be tempting to push through and be productive, but it actually doesn't make a big difference in the long run and will only negatively affect one's overall health. TikTok creator Elyse Myers (@elysemyers) shared a video sometime back about the importance of taking a break. The video captioned "A 5-minute stare at the ceiling is better than nothing!" has got 101.7k likes and 767 comments on the site.
Myers begins the video by saying, "Please stop putting off rest because you can't think of the 'perfect' way and the 'correct' way to rest." She points out how there was no ideal way to rest and that it simply did not exist. Myers suggests that viewers lie down on the floor and close their eyes for five minutes to take a "mental time out." She concludes the short clip by highlighting how there was no perfect way to exist and that if it did, people would have already done it.
The video resonated with many others on the platform and they shared their thoughts in the comments section. @ambercoulter0 shared, "Yeah, I think that's exactly what I should do once I lay my toddler down for bed. I always have a hard time relaxing, lol." Another individual, @andra.adair, said, "Why do I feel guilty when I have the urge to do this? I get home from teaching elementary all day and the ground calls my body. I instantly resist it, though." @kelanne expressed, "My problem is I rest and fall asleep for two hours, even if I set multiple alarms. That might be my body telling me something."
While there may not be an ideal way to sleep, one can try out certain methods to fall asleep faster. Justin Agustin (@justin_agustin) shared an intriguing hack for sleeping that could be helpful for a lot of people. He talks about how the method he was sharing was used by individuals in the military so that they could fall asleep anywhere quickly to retain energy. He says, "First, you need to calm your body and systematically relax and shut down each part of your body from head to toe, literally. Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead. Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing."
This would go on to cover the entire body. He continues, "Imagine this warm sensation going from your head all the way down to your fingertips. Now take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet." Agustin explained how people needed to retain the feeling of the warm sensation going from their hearts to their feet. He also clarifies how the method would only be effective if people's minds were free of any stress and that they would have to clear their minds first in case it wasn't.
He gives out two scenarios to aid people with relaxing, one with a canoe and the second involving a hammock. He said, "96% of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes." The creator shared that people could see positive results if they were able to consistently practice the technique every night for six weeks. The video proved to be quite helpful as a lot of people struggle to fall asleep.