We all know how vital sleep is for our health, but taking time out to rest is just as important. And it's not just about taking a short break for a cuppa, but something that we should all schedule in as part of our day. Have you heard of the seven types of rest? First pioneered by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith in her book "Sacred Rest" they explore the different ways we can rest and recharge in our day to day lives. So if lying in deep meditation doesn't float your boat, why not try and get some R&R with one of these different types of rest...

1. Physical Rest: Physical rest is fundamental to our well-being. It involves getting adequate sleep to allow our bodies to recover from daily activities. Whether it's a full night's sleep or a strategic nap, it's about respecting your body's need for rest

2. Mental Rest: Our minds can become overwhelmed with constant stimulation and cognitive demands. Mental rest is about finding moments of calm and mental clarity and a pause from all the brain noise. This can often be achieved through practices like meditation, mindfulness, or even just taking a break in nature

3. Emotional Rest: Emotions can be draining, especially when we're dealing with stress or negativity. Emotional rest is all about taking time to process feelings, seek support from others - after all a problem shared is a problem halved - or other activities that bring you emotional solace

4. Social Rest: Social interactions are important, but sometimes we need solitude to recharge. Social rest is about stepping back from social commitments (and social media) to find peace and tranquility and moments of solitude

5. Spiritual Rest: Our inner sense of purpose and meaning can often get lost in the busyness of life. Spiritual rest involves practices that reconnect you with your beliefs, whether through prayer, meditation, or reflection

6. Sensory Rest: In a world filled with sensory stimulation, it's essential to give your senses a break. Sensory rest means reducing exposure to noise, screens, and other sensory triggers, creating a more serene environment for yourself

7. Creative Rest: Creative work can be intense, and creativity often flows when you least expect it. Creative rest is about stepping away from creative tasks temporarily to refresh your mind, allowing new ideas to emerge naturally

Found one that appeals to you? Why not take out your diary and schedule 30 minutes for some 'active' rest -  you'll find yourself more energised and ready to tackle life's challenges