21 Ways to Rest That Are Not Sleeping


  1. Walk or run
  2. Nature hike
  3. Swim
  4. Snow Shoe
  5. Play with your kids
  6. Sit and listen to silence or nature
  7. Write a letter or journal
  8. Read a book
  9. Read your Bible
  10. Sing along to worship music
  11. Play a musical instrument
  12. Go on a cell phone-free date with your spouse or friend
  13. Cross stitch, embroider, knit, or crochet
  14. Craft
  15. Play a board game
  16. Turn off your phone notifications 
  17. Get coffee with a friend
  18. Be with your family
  19. Take a bath
  20. Go for a drive
  21. Go to the beach


*A note on electronics: I believe electronics aren’t always restful. My encouragement is to seek other forms of rest. If you decide that watching TV, movies, or playing video games is restful for you, see how you react and if it’s actually restful for you. If it raises your stress level, gives you anxiety, or impacts you negatively, consider a different form of rest. 

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