By Chris North

Christopher NorthWhat is the perfect vacation for you? Do you have enough rest in your life? Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation or like you’re not well rested after even a nice long weekend? Recently I was talking with my coach about how I have more time than I’ve ever had to rest and feel so anxious. I was doing all the “right” things to rest too. Massage, meditation, sitting at the beach doing nothing at all. Nothing was working quite the way I wanted it to. My coach pressed me on what I actually found to be restful since none of this was working. Surprising the things I found to be restful were as follows: Cleaning my house, building something out of wood, organizing a messy room, helping people move, yard work, and pretty much any manual/physical labor. What I found to be rest was actually work. The kind of work a lot of people get paid for even. Then my coach said something that has transformed my view of rest.

He said “people who work with their hands, rest with their minds and people who work with their minds rest with their hands”. I have always loathed manual labor because honestly I’m so bad at it that I could never make a living doing it. So I’ve pursued only careers that I work with my mind. Before I found Coaching & Producing I was in Management, Marketing and Accounting. I’ve been working with my mind for 15 years and then trying to rest with my mind as well. Taking vacations to “do nothing” or Sundays where I just drive around or go shopping. Now my rest looks very different. I’ve starting to find hobbies to work with my hands. It’s not mindless at all but I love a task with a clear beginning, middle and end. So what about you? Do you work with your hands? If so sometimes resting with a book or doing nothing at a beach is perfect. There are so many ways to rest your body. But if you work with your mind, I’d like to suggest trying to rest by putting your body to work and see how it works.

More suggestions for mind workers:

  1. Legos (still a crowd pleaser)
  2. Molding stuff out of clay
  3. Puzzles
  4. Sports or exercise
  5. Woodworking/crafts
  6. Sewing/knitting
  7. Sand castle (or snow castle if you’re into that)
  8. Shovel snow, sweep, vacuum
  9. Wash your car
  10. Do yoga

More suggestions for body workers:

  1. Trivia games
  2. Video Games
  3. TV, Movies, YouTube
  4. Books
  5. Massage
  6. Do yoga
  7. Go to dinner/movie/shopping
  8. Learn new words in other languages
  9. Listen to podcasts
  10. Play or learn an instrument