7 R’s of R and R for Creators

We all know what R and R means. Something to do with rest and… another ‘R’ word. Some say Rest and Recreation. Some say Rest and Recuperation (military), or Rest and Recovery (fitness). 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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It is in recreation that we refresh our creative spirit and refill our reservoir of creativity.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily.com

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7 R’s to Refill Your Reservoir of Resourcefulness

  1. Rest
  2. Reflect
  3. Replenish
  4. Recreate
  5. Revive
  6. Rejuvenate
  7. Refresh

1. Rest

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%.1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951287/

Rest through play, through sleep, through meditation and through inspiration, and especially, through the simple pleasures of the natural world.

A rested brain is more receptive to creativity.

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, available for free, every day of the year. Nurture your elemental self in nature.

Arise with the sun,
heart open to the promise of the day.
Step into nature’s rhythm.
Feel its nurture in every bird’s song,
in every breath of wind
and every beat of your heart.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

2. Reflect

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.
There are always lessons and blessings.
Through them we grow our gifts.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

3. Replenish

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 batteries. Plug into source… the chalice of spirit, and replenish.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily

4. Recreate

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, USA founding father, polymath, author, inventor, humorist, diplomat

5. Revive

Revive your sense of why you’re doing what you do. Revive you sense of stargazing wonder, and 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, iCreateDaily.com


6. Rejuvenate

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 and Post-Impressionist painter, 1839-1906

7. Refresh

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 enjoying nourishing your body, so that 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.
~Debasish Mridha MD, American physician, philosopher, poet-seer, and author

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