Six days a week we work hard and fast, and one day a week, we don’t. We rest because our minds need it, our imaginations need it, our inspiration needs it.

There are a few things we do “in the name” of rest that inevitably offer no rest.

Some things that come to mind:

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • any form of video game
  • texting
  • television

I’m not saying you should not do any of these things. They might actually be restful to you. Who knows? But each of these allow you to stay on the surface. True rest connects you to the depths of your life, the deep tissue where your soul lives.

Thus, rest is difficult. Painful even. It often feels more restless than those things above—which is a symptom of our modern age.

Here are a few things I find restful:

  • Short, meditative walks.
  • The cold, fall air against bare skin.
  • Staring for long periods of time at nothing in particular.
  • Sipping coffee slow.
  • Feasts.
  • Reading The New Yorker.
  • Reading books.
  • Lounging with family and friends.
  • Afternoon naps.

There’s a chance these won’t give you the rest your writing needs, but they might. Or you might have a totally different list. The real question is, what if you turned off your computer and television and connected with your soul today? How would that transform your writing?

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).