Rethinking Rest Guide


This resource has been designed to be used by staff within education supporting children and young people, however the content is relevant to anyone wanting to find out more about the different types and ways to rest.  

Often, it can feel like there is not enough time in the day to complete the mounting tasks ahead of us, usually with something or someone requiring our attention and time. We may feel like there is little to no time for rest.  

Yet, no matter what our work schedule or personal situation might be, creating opportunities to rest is important, not only for our physical health, but our mental health and wellbeing too. 

Here at the Mental Health Foundation, we have partnered with Reflect and Refocus to support you to reconsider what rest means to you and how you can find ways to rest depending on what your body needs.  

The Rethinking Rest Guide will walk you through the different types of rest, including: 

  • Rest your body
  • Rest your mind
  • Rest your ‘heart’
  • Rest your ‘soul’
  • Rest your connectivity
  • Rest your senses. 

For each type of rest, we give tips and activities to try, as well as link to further resources you may find helpful. 

Rethinking Rest Guide

Sign up to our free wellbeing webinar 

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and Education Support, with a guest speaker from Reflect and Refocus. 

This webinar will focus on supporting you as education staff to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing, with tips on holding boundaries and finding moments of rest!  

Date: Thursday 4th November 2021 

Time: 4.30pm - 5.15pm  

Location: online 

Register here