Imagine writing a whole book on the subject of rest. That's exactly what Alex Soojung-Kim Pang did in 2016 (although I just learned about the book last week). Pang is the founder of the Restful Company (http://deliberate.rest) and a visiting scholar at Stanford.
In my teacher self-care presentations and workshops, one of the most frequent comments from teachers is that self-care takes time, and teachers are busy people. Yes, I agree but according to Pang, rest:
- makes us more creative
- increases our productivity
- heightens our concentration
- reduces multi-tasking
- calms us down
- boost happiness and
- helps us to focus better
In the last two years, I have been making a conscious effort to be healthier and happier. This includes downtime, less screen-time, being mindful and resting. But I think I haven't been resting right.
If you think rest means lying of the sofa and binge-watching t.v., this is just one form, says Pang...