Sensory Rest: Mindful Monday Journal Prompts

Happy #MindfulMonday. This week we focus on sensory rest.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been focusing on the seven different forms of rest. When you think of rest? What do you imagine? Typically, most people think of sleep but it’s so much more than that. Check out the links below to learn more.

The Different Types of Rest 

There are seven types of rest. If you haven’t had a chance, click here to determine what kind of rest you need!

  • Week one: I focused on the importance of solitude. You can read more about that here.
  • Week two: I focused on the two different types of physical rest. You can read more about that here.
  • Week three: I focused on emotional rest. You can read more about that here
  • Week four: I focused on spiritual rest. You can read more about that here.
  • Week five: I focused on Social Rest. You can read more about that here.
  • Week six: I focused on creative rest. You can read more about that here.

Sensory Rest

I can not believe that I have completed the rest series! This has been such a transformational series for myself and I hope it has been helpful for those of you who have followed along. Each from of rest is essential to our well-being and everyone is varies in how much rest they need as well as what kind aligns with them the most.

Sensory rest is when we give ourselves a break from constant stimulation. Have you heard of the term overstimulated? When too many things are going on in your surroundings, it causes our Nervous System to become overwhelmed. This constant stimulation, from our phones to the multiple coexisting noises in our surroundings, creates inner chaos. We need some silence to free our minds from the constant information. We can limit this by taking just one of our senses and lessening the need for that particular sense to be used. For example,

  • Ears: silence
  • Eyes: less screen time, lower lighting
  • Touch: squeezing a stress ball
  • Smell: the aroma of food
  • Taste: enjoying a small treat

These singular events can allow for complete presence without getting caught up in “multitasking”

Sensory Rest Journal Prompts

Sensory Rest Journal Prompts

  • Do you find yourself on edge when you are dealing with many things at once?
  • Do you give yourself time to just be in silence?
  • How can you incorporate moments of silence into your daily life?

Examples of Ways to Achieve Sensory Rest

  • No phone days 
  • Less television 
  • Mini “silent sessions” —> spending time in complete silence for short periods of time
  • Focusing on one of our five senses to bring a sense of presence and connection to our bodies 
  • Meditation


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One response to “Sensory Rest: Mindful Monday Journal Prompts”

  1. bereavedandbeingasingleparent Avatar

    Thank you for this, it reminds me again about what I need to do. Too much on the edge, too busy mostly on the wrong priorities. I’m trying to mediate more. I’m trying to set aside time each day to get through the bible in one year. ❤️

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