By Louis Neilson |

As Josh Taylor puts it, in Half•Alive’s song ‘Rest’,
“Living busy isn’t giving you your worth.”

Our goal for this week has been to help our Construct colleagues understand the concept and value of resting more. Relaxation is often misunderstood with a common misconception that rest is a bad thing; that if we aren’t busy earning, we are busy failing. In reality, lack of sleep can lead to a wide variety of physical and mental negatives, including a lack of perspective and a drop in our performance ability.

What is rest?

Rest is activities that engage our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and help bring about a physical state of balance.

In order to understand what rest is, it’s important to shape a functional understanding by gathering more information on how our Autonomic Nervous System controls our body’s response to external stimuli. Rest is formed by two parts: the Sympathetic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). Each of these is responsible for opposite ends of the same coin, and the latter is often not active enough with the stresses and stimulus surrounding us. By informing each other about how to engage the PNS, we are able to explore how we can balance and release tension in our bodies caused by pent-up stress and anxiety.

How do we rest?

Here is a list of tips, techniques, and activities that will help to engage our PNS responses.

Small daily things we can do to help ease the burden:

Medium daily decisions we can make to help ease the burden:

Large systemic changes we can make for our own wellbeing:

With a few changes and an increase in awareness, we have the ability to cut down our stress levels and find more space for relaxation. Further, when we prioritize rest at the right times and in the right ways, it makes a huge difference and opens up the door for improved mental wellbeing in an array of areas in our lives.


Louis Neilson - learning designer

Louis Neilson

Learning Designer at Construct

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