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 well-being too.

Here at the Mental Health Foundation, we 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 your body's 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 and links to further resources you may find helpful.

See or download the guide

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