In our fast-paced world, the concept of rest often gets tangled in a web of guilt and anxiety. We've all been there, sitting down to relax, only to be haunted by a nagging sense of unease about the things we ‘should’ be doing. This isn’t rest; it's what I like to call 'fake rest.' Today, let’s chat about embracing genuine rest and finding that sweet balance between work, school, and life.

Firstly, let's debunk a myth: rest is not laziness. It's a necessary recharge, as vital as food and water. When we truly rest, we give our minds and bodies the chance to heal, grow, and rejuvenate. This means switching off not just physically, but mentally too.
But how do we achieve this state of true rest in a world that glorifies being busy? It starts with permission – giving yourself the okay to rest without feeling guilty. Remember, taking time for yourself isn't selfish; it's self-care.

Next, find what rest means to you. It could be a quiet reading hour, a leisurely walk in the park, or simply doing nothing at all. The key is to be present in these moments, allowing yourself to fully detach from the pressures of work or school.

Balancing work or school with life is like maintaining a healthy diet. Just as our bodies need a mix of nutrients, our lives need a blend of work, play, and rest. Too much of one ingredient can throw everything off balance. So, create a schedule that includes downtime and stick to it. Your rest time is just as important as your work meetings or school assignments.

Finally, let go of the notion that every minute must be productive. It's okay to have moments of simply being. In these moments of true rest, you’ll find clarity, creativity, and renewed energy to tackle life's challenges.

So, here's to resting! To putting down the weights of worry and guilt and embracing moments of peace and tranquility. After all, the best version of ourselves emerges when we are well-rested and balanced. Cheers to that!

Madison is a Psychology Assistant; Digital Marketing Assistant at Eckert Centre. She's currently deepening her understanding of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Madison brings her passion for mental health to our community through her writing. As our blogger in residence, her contributions offer a fresh perspective and shed light on the importance of mental wellbeing. We are grateful for her eloquent words and the insights she shares on her journey towards cultivating a "Wise Self." For more insights, information, or to book an appointment, please visit or reach out to our team at

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