The Power of Rest by Matthew Edlund, M.D.

I wish everyone a wonderful new year.  I was able to get through two months of magazines, start an editorial calendar, create drafts of blog posts, spend time with mom and hubby, and rest.  Why? Because I told myself I was not going out for New Year’s Eve.  I’m old enough to remember all the days of waking up in the new year exhausted from staying up way past my bed time.  This new year is different.  I entered it calm, rested, and ready for all that a new year has to offer.  I hope you all join me on the 21-day Yoga Challenge.  If you don’t practice, just move.  I call this “my year of yoga.”  This equals healthy.  That’s my main goal.

I’ve been reading this book in preparation for the new year.  The Power of Rest is a great book for anyone who wants to reboot and get their life back on track.  It’s no secret that I’m not the best sleeper.  My mind constantly races and thousands of thoughts and ideas keep me tossing and turning many nights.  Well, I realized when I do the various forms of rest in the book I sleep like a baby.  The book has a 30-day plan to reset the sleep clock.  I’m applying the principles and will do my best with my crazy 2011 travel schedule.

Here are a few tips on rest from the book.

  • Physical Rest: Sleep is one form of passive physical rest, but engaging in active forms of physical rest is also crucial.  Dr. Edlund’s 30-day plan provides a range of techniques for active physical rest, including breathing exercises, timed naps, baths, and yoga poses.
  • Mental Rest: While we need to rest the body, it’s equally important to learn to focus and concentrate the mind.  Mental rest involves reconfiguring one’s mind to quickly and easily obtain a sense of relaxed control, and Dr. Edlund has developed exercises—including self-hypnosis, relaxation, and visualization—designed to help maximize this process.
  • Social Rest: Humans are hardwired to be extremely social—social connectedness is built into the structure of our brains.  Studies show that people with strong social connections live longer, cope with stress better, and are healthier.  The Power of Rest explains how to incorporate key social rest techniques into your life.
  • Spiritual Rest: Certain spiritual practices can provide a profound sense of rest, inner peace, connection, and self-healing, and scientific studies have demonstrated that meditation can actually change the structure of the brain over time.  Dr. Edlund provides exercises involving meditation, prayer and contemplation that bring renewal and a sense of well-being.

This is a great book for anyone who wants to change their life through rest.

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1 Comment on The Power of Rest by Matthew Edlund, M.D.

  1. Tish Engram
    October 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this post…I might need to check this book out…especially since I have a nasty habit of getting 3 hours of sleep and then being unable to sleep for another 3 hours. I definitely shared with my bestie Mike.


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