“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.” – Gordie Howe
I didn’t know how else to start this post, other than with that quote.
Rest is something I do way more than i really should. I don’t give one hundred percent effort every day, but when I do I always put my mental and physical health first.
This little space will be a place for me to talk about mental health, physical health, and anything else I feel like writing about when I’m having my own down time.
Since starting university, I’ve come to realise that I totally misunderstood the difference between letting yourself rest and letting yourself be lazy. I used to use a night in bed watching Netflix and eating junk as an excuse that I needed to rest my body and mind.
Shutting off from problems and responsibilities is LAZY and probably my worst habit. However, taking time out of my day to read a book, make a to do list for my week, or catch up with a friend over coffee is a way to rest. I’m using my time to allow my mind and body to take a break for a bit, and not over working them. That, I have come to find, is how to truly make myself rest.
I’ve grown up in a time where the stigma around mental health is slowly but surely being lifted. It’s an amazing thing to witness, and I feel lucky to not have grown up in the era where the loony bin was the only option for anyone struggling.
I am an open book when it comes to discussing my experience with depression and anxiety, as I believe that is the only way to stop it from taking over your life. The longer you keep it a secret, the more it will consume you.
So, it may not be easy to read sometimes, and it might not be something you agree with, but this Rest section will be a place to reflect on emotions, events, and a forum for discussing things that aren’t so easy. But, once they’re off my chest, I know I can rest and slow the cogs in my head down for some down time.