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Feel truly rested

7 ways to feel truly rested? We like number 4!

So many of us have forgotten what it’s like to feel truly rested. We live in a culture that demands constant productivity, so making and taking time to rest can feel like a rebellious act.

There is often a sense of guilt when we tend to ourselves, but the problem is greater than that. We don’t understand HOW to actually rest.

A mindless scroll is often a go-to way of zoning out, even though we know that that rarely makes us feel good.  There are in fact 7 different areas of our life where we require rest:

The first is physical rest, which can of course mean getting adequate sleep and taking afternoon naps. But it can also mean active rest; participating in gentle restorative physical practices like yoga, stretching or breath work. Our camp retreats always allow for time to physically rest. We made sure that our tents and beds are comfortable to enable good sleep and we create space to curl up with a book, or participate in a restorative morning practice.

The second type of rest is mental rest; taking a break from strategising, problem solving, mental to-do lists and dealing with most of the tasks involved in day to day work and home life. Stepping away from those things, into beautiful locations, really helps provide mental clarity, and with the workload of camp life taken care of, metal rest is there for the taking.

The third type of rest is sensory rest. Getting away from bright florescent lights, computer screens, zoom calls and multiple conversations, and instead, immersing yourself in natural surroundings is a wonderfully healing exercise.

For the fourth type of rest, creative rest, it is important to take a break from creating for a purpose, instead, allowing yourself to play and to create for no reason other than pure enjoyment.  Participating in playful creative activities, such as our Create.Make.Move workshops, where there is no measured outcome and no evaluated brief to fulfil, allows you to tap into childlike creativity that isn’t motivated by the production of a perfect end goal. Taking yourself to places and spaces that fill you with awe and wonder can lead to inspiration, helping to replenish your creativity stores.

The fifth type of rest, emotional rest, means having the time and space to freely express your feelings, without worrying about people pleasing. Our camps take you away from your usual emotional obligations. Our tents are provided with comfortable living spaces, chairs, tables and writing materials, for you to retreat, to journal and to find sanctuary in reflecting and expressing your emotions.

To feel socially rested, which is the sixth type of rest, very much depends on who you spend time with. This comes down to an active decision to spend time with people that revive you rather than deplete you. Participating in a camp with likeminded people, loved ones, special friends or businesses that have a great social culture, means that you receive nourishment from the people around you. You get to share experiences together and form bonds as you participate in activities and adventures.

The seventh type of rest is spiritual rest, which comes from the ability to connect with something greater than yourself. When you involve yourself in community or contribute to society, a deep sense of purpose or belonging can be felt. Your stay on one of our camps contributes to tree planting and rainforest buyback projects. This can be spiritually restful, knowing that you are helping to make the planet a better place for future generations. Immersing yourself in beautiful surroundings allows you to observe the marvels of the natural world, enabling you to remember your place in the great order of things.

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