We probably all know what R and R means. Something to do with rest and… another ‘R’ word. There are at least six words that mean similar things and give added emphasis to the first “R” of “Rest”. So take your pick on the preferred “R” words to plug in for you.
When to Never Make Important Decisions
Before we get more into R&R, it’s important to urge you to avoid making any important life decision from any negative state. If you’re tired, stressed, worried, depressed, angry, sad, etc., this is not the state of mind from which to make the best decisions.
Negative states of mind cause reactivity versus thoughtful, objective responses. Reactivity is what creates so many relationship and life problems. If you are in any kind of negative tension, your first priority is to shift from the lower, reactive state to a more reflective, rational and observant mental state.
Did You Have a Nap Today?
If you’re stressed… cloudy… frustrated… feeling hopeless… if you’re ready to slap optimism in the face, you may just need a nap.
I’m not a napper. For me it’s a bike ride that makes all the difference. Bottom line, rejuvenate and refresh yourself. And if you’re feeling cranky, short and frustrated for no reason, it may just be that you need a nap!
There’s a CUTE — and relatable — 13 second video second clip at the end of this article. But first, let’s get into R and R!
Best to play it 2-3 times for the full nuanced effect. ?
What Does R and R Mean?
- Rest and Recreation
- Rest and Recuperation (military)
- Rest and Recovery (fitness)
- Rest and Rejuvenate (healing)
- Rest and Refresh (healing)
- Rest and Relax (stress release)
For creators, we naturally favor the Rest and Recreate version. Whichever R and R you choose, the meaning is much the same.
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Audio Article – 7 R’s of R and R
It is in recreation that we refresh our creative spirit and refill our reservoir of creativity.
~LeAura Alderson, co-founder-iCreateDaily.com®
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7 R’s to Refill Your Reservoir of Resourcefulness
To deprive yourself of sleep for any extended period is not heroic.
Of course we all have periods in life where we need to power through late nights and sleeplessness, be it for work, the entrepreneur life, or as new parents of infants. And it’s admirable and a good experience for resilience and fortitude to push ourselves like that periodically.
However, the optimum life is one that includes the habit of adequate rest and sleep. Rest and quality sleep adds years to your life and bandwidth to your brain. Rest helps with attitude, patience, happiness and even weight loss, for the body burns calories in the healing and restoration process of sleep.
Sleep deprivation can hinder body fat weight loss by as much as 55%.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951287/
Rest through play and sleep, through meditation and inspiration, and especially through the simple pleasures of the natural world.
Arise to watch a sunrise… breath in the essence of a flower… vision your dreams on the vast screen of a sparkling night. Slow down to enjoy the greatest show on earth, sunrise… sunset… flowers and showers, available for free, every day of the year. Nurture your elemental self in nature.
A rested brain is more receptive to creativity.
Awaken and arise with the sun,~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®
heart petals open to greet the day.
Step into sync with nature’s rhythm.
Feel its quickening in every bird’s song,
Loves caress in every breeze, whispering..
“Create beauty… create love… create joy.”
Introspection through reflection expands our self awareness, which heightens learning, enjoyment and intuition. Too often in today’s busy and noisy world, we lose touch with the whispers from our souls and the messages from our ethos.
Reflect with gratitude on your life.~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®
There are always lessons and blessings.
Through them we grow our gifts.
The cycle of nature teaches us how to renew and restore. To make more, we need to also rest more. It’s tempting to keep on going and push yourself when there’s so much to do. And… sure, it’s actually healthy to push beyond what we thought ourselves capable of.
However, all things in balance.
We are rechargeable. Plug into source… the chalice of spirit, and replenish.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®
Recreation is especially important for reminding us of the FUN of creating. Many hobbyists resist turning their hobby into a business. They say, “Then it would be like work.”
For those who love what they do, work doesn’t feel like work.
Recreation is one thing I need to be reminded to do. I can get so focused on productivity and all the many things we have going on, that I’m perfectly happy to keep on working, day and night, day after day.
However, whenever the family reminds me to take a break, I’m inevitably inspired and renewed, especially when our breaks are active and in nature.
Recreation belongs to the root word, creation. Even if you love your work, remember to play too, for in recreation, creativity is renewed.
Games lubricate the body and mind.
~Benjamin Franklin, US founding father, author, inventor, 1706-1790
Revive your sense of why you’re doing what you do. When you revive your sense of stargazing dreaming, weary makes way for wonder. Revive purpose and passion—the essence that fuels your life—and all else begins to fall into place.
How? Revive your spirit through gratitude.
Gratitude… it is simply a habit that becomes a way of being that becomes a life well lived.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®
It’s easy to get caught up in the noise of chaos and exhausted from the treadmill of routine. Give a facelift to your day by doing something that renews your spirits. Whatever that is for you that restores in you a childlike wonder and lifts the wrinkles of tired from the face of the day.
Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.
~Paul Cezanne, French artist & Post-Impressionist painter, 1839-1906
Refresh your body with healthy foods, fresh air and exercise. A body nurtured with vital foods refreshes more than your palate. Focus on a mindset of gratitude at the opportunity to nourish your body and it will in turn serve you and your goals.
Refresh your vision by focusing on what’s important in your life. For an article on visioning toward goal setting, you may enjoy this. For the concept of transformation and life alchemy, this article may help.
Meditation is the music of the mind that lets every cell fall asleep with refreshing joy.
Meditations for Relaxation
You may also enjoy this short article followed by a handful of guided meditations for relaxation.
“Sit up like a noble being, divine in your nature.”SOURCE: Ascending Your Energy
~Dr. Joe Dispenza, neuroscientist, author
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